Teresa Wallis-Joniak was born in an ancient, intellectual family in Chorzów on 13 October,1926. After graduating from the secondary school in 1947, she was admitted to the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. She studied painting under the guidance of such renown professors as: Hanna Rudzka-Cybisowa, Czesław Rzepiński and Jerzy Fedkowicz, and graphic art in the studios of Andrzej Jurkiewicz and Ludwik Gardowski.
In 1952 Teresa Wallis completed her studies and married a painter whom she met at the Academy, Juliusz Joniak. In 1954 she obtained her diploma at the Faculty of Painting and the title of Master of Arts ( Hanna Rudzka-Cybisowa was her tutor who conferred the degree).
Soon afterwards she gave birth to her two daughters, Anna and Marta, and became absorbed in motherhood.
Still, she devoted all her spare time to artistic work and improving of her skills. In 1972 Teresa Wallis-Joniak started to teach art in Cracow secondary schools and organised school apprenticeships for the students of The Pedagogical College in Cracow. She received a prize for her pedagogical work from the Minister of Education. She held the function of a professional secretary of the Art National Competitions for a number of years, preparing young people for participation in them.
She was granted prestigious awards from the Chairman of the Art National Competitions, professor Stanisław Lorenz.
Teresa Wallis-Joniak has been a member of the Union of Polish Artists and Designers since 1955 and the Fine Arts Association in Cracow.
1956-1957 – Cracow Region Young Art Exhibition
1962 – Cracow Region Spring Exhibition
1965 – 3rd Festival of Polish Painting
1966 – Painting and Graphic Art Exhibition in Cracow
1969 – Painting Exhibition
1971 – The Union of Polish Artists and Designers Painting Exhibition (Cracow Region)(ZPAP)
1977 – Autumn Exhibition – The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
1978 – Autumn Exhibition – The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
1980 – Competition „Man and Environment” (an award)
1981 – Individual Exhibition in the Municipal Centre of Culture in Cracow
1983 – Cracow Painting Exhibition
1996 – Individual Exhibition in Cracow art gallery “Pod Złotym Lewkiem”
1999 – Individual Exhibition in The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
2008 – Individual Exhibition in The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
2011 – 100th Anniversary of the Cracow Union of Polish Artists and Designers Exhibition
2012 – Painting Exhibition in the Vauxhall Palace Gallery in Krzeszowice
2012 – Individual Exhibition in The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
2013 – Individual Exhibition from the series "The Masters of Still Life" in The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow
2016 – Individual Exhibition in The Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow.