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Polish visual artists
Magdalena Abakanowicz (born 1930) - sculptor, professor at the College of Fine Arts in Poznań, lecturer at the University of California. She has some 100 one-woman exhibitions to her name. Her career started with 'Abakans', three-dimensional tapestries with unusual textures, for which she won an award at the 1965 Biennial in Sao Paulo. Her work is displayed in many museums, including the Ludwig Museum in Cologne and the National Museum in Madrid, as well as in private collections. She also creates free-standing sculptures for open spaces, for example 'Dragon's space' in the Olympic Park in Seoul. She has received many awards, including the Grand Culture Foundation Prize in 2001.

Mirosław Bałka (born 1958) - artist. Began his career with figurative sculpture. Since the start of the 1990s his work has concentrated on geometric installations. He has represented Poland at the Venice Biennial (1990 and 1995), the Sao Paulo Biennial (1998), the Liverpool Biennial (1999). His works such as 'A First Holy Communion souvenir' or 'The soap corridor', tend to stir up a great deal of discussion, and he is a rather controversial figure himself . Bałka's work is found in the biggest world collections.

Stanisław Fijałkowski (born 1922) - painter, graphic artist, professor at the Łódź College of the Fine Arts . His works are marked by a variety of techniques. He paints 'unreal' pictures, such as 'Routes', the serial 'Highway', 'Talmudic studies', which are full of meaning and symbols.

Jacek Gaj (born 1938) - graphic artist and illustrator, professor at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts . The creator of small copper-plated graphics, allegorically representing human life. He is widely known for his fountain-pen-and-brush serial 'Doctor Faustus'.

Katarzyna Kozyra (born 1963) - graduated in sculpture from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Art. Her diploma work, 'Animal pyramid' (1993) set the art world and public opinion talking. Her subsequent works include 'Towers of blood,' 'Baths', 'Men's baths'. Kozyra has also achieved success outside Poland. In 1998 she won an honorary distinction at the Art Biennial in Venice.

Igor Mitoraj (born 1944) - Polish sculptor living permanently in Italy. He draws inspiration from ancient Greek sculpture. A characteristic motif in his work is human frailty; the bandaged body, hollowed out figures. Well-known works by Mitopraj include 'The head', 'Venus' and 'Eros'. His monumental works are found in squares and courtyards, from Paris to Tokyo, in Pietrasanta, Bologna, Rome, Cracow and Warsaw.

Adam Myjak (born 1947) - sculptor, professor and rector of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He uses a variety of materials in his works. His sculptures are most often displayed indoors, though he also creates outdoor compositions which can be seen in Poland and all over the world. His works include 'Figures', 'Decay', 'The Dream' and 'Human Landscape'.

Jerzy Nowosielski (born 1923) - painter, graphic artist, scenographer, illustrator. One of the most eminent modern Polish artists. Well-known for his religious compositions (wall paintings, iconostases, polychromies), in the Orthodox Churches in Białystok and Jelenia Góra, in the R.C. Church of the Holy Cross at Wesoła near Warsaw, the R.C. Franciscan Church in the Azory district of Cracow, and the Orthodox Church in Cracow. He also paints portraits, landscapes, still life, abstract pictures. His works are to be found in Polish museums, also in private collections in Canada, the USA and Germany. In 1993 He was awarded a prize by a Polish cultural foundation caled Wielka Fundacja Kultury, and received an honorary doctorate from the Jagiellonian University in 2000.

Rafał Olbiński (born 1945) - an architect by professional training, painter, poster artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. Has lived in New York since 1981. His illustrations regularly appear in the press, for example in 'Time', 'Newsweek', 'Der Spiegel', 'Business Week' and other newspapers and magazines. For many years he has been creating opera posters, including commissions for the New York City Opera. He lectures at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is the maker of a well-known poster associated with the events of September 11, 2001.

Teresa Pągowska (born 1926) - painter, leading member of the Sopot School. She is a professor at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. The expressiveness, ease and universality of her compositions are what mark her work out, for example in the 'Magic figures' series .

Jerzy Panek (1918 - 2001) - graphic artist and painter. For most of his life he practised wood carving. He made about 500 graphic works. He was inspired by folk art, for example, in 'Self-portrait in a white hat' or 'Golub Castle'. In the latter part of his life he made chalk-and-ink drawings, mainly self-portraits.

Stanisław Rodziński (born 1940) - painter and essayist. Dean of the Faculty of Painting of the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts and, since 1996, Rector of this Academy. He has had several dozen individual exhibitions, and many collective exhibitions. He has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Medal Komisji Edukacji Narodowej (Commission for National Education Medal) in 1993, and the Officers' Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1998. His work in painting , often landscape, is marked by dignity, monumentalism and muffled colours. He is the author of several volumes of essays, usually on subjects connected with the arts.

Krzysztof Skórczewski (born 1947) - graphic artist, graduated from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts and the Swedish Royal Academy of Art. He belongs to the award holders' club of the Cracow International Graphics Biennial. An advocate of traditional copper-plating. Architecture, cityscapes, urban planning, plants and animals are some of the subjects of his work, which he pursues in his own, unique way. His most recent serials are 'Josephat's Gardens' and 'Towers'.

Franciszek Starowieyski (born 1930) - graphic artist, painter, scenographer; also uses the pseudonym Jan Byk. His work is characterised by its richly ornamental brush-strokes, and his favourite motifs are the passing of time, death, and the horizons of civilisation. He also makes theatre and film posters, for example for 'The Ides of March,' 'Illumination' and 'Family Life.'

Leon Tarasewicz (born 1957) - painter, professor of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He has had several dozen exhibitions around the world . He represented Poland at the Venice Art Biennial in 2001. His paintings are exhibited in museum collections in the USA, Scandinavia, Greece and Korea. The artist lives in eastern Poland, in the village of Waliły, from where the elements of nature that appear in his works come. His work is marked by simplicity in colour and composition.

Henryk Tomaszewski, born1914, - graphic artist, scenographer, book illustrator, one of the founding members of the Polish poster school. The maker of numerous posters for exhibitions, competitions, cultural events in Poland and all over the world. He was a professor of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (from 1952). Simplicity of expression and artistic methods characterise his work.
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