- born 1938
- born in Poznań
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in painting, illustration, interior design, graphic design, visual identification systems, applied graphics, including posters and murals
“Freedom, precision, a thought, a wide-range, pro-social, monographic view and a biographic author with haptic, visionary, clairvoyant values. Harmony of the visible with the invisible. The time and the viewers verify everything. There is something more that is worth saving from oblivion”.
He graduated from the Faculty of Interior Architecture, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, in 1963. He received a Diploma with Honours from Professor Kazimierz Nikita Exhibition and Fair Design Studio. In 1965, he started creating film, theatre and opera posters for the Centre of Film Rental, the Ateneum Theatre and the National Opera House. He designed posters also for UNICEF and foreign trade companies (Textilimpex, COOPEXIM, Skórimpex). Moreover, he cooperated with the National Publishing Institute (PIW), the National Agricultural and Forestry Publishing House (PWRiL), the National Institute of Medical Publishers (PZWL), Oficyna Krakowska and Muza Publishing House. In the years 1979‒1985, he recreated the polychromes in the Constitution Chamber at the Royal Castle in Warsaw in tempera. Since 1991, he has been interested in easel painting and drawing. He is one of the creators of the Polish school of posters.
He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Poland (Katowice, Kraków, Łódź and Warsaw) and abroad (Buenos Aires, Karachi, Kolkata, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Heilbronn, Kassel, London, Los Angeles, New Delhi, New Hampshire, New York, San Francisco, Sofia, Vancouver, Washington and Vienna).
The most important prizes and distinctions: the Austrian Ministry of Culture grant, 1973; Honorary Gold Laurel, ZAiKS Association, 1993; Medal at the ZAiKS Association’s Jubilee, 1998; The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award, 2008.
The means of expression employed by Andrzej Bertrandt in his posters are based on drawing techniques. The haptic value of the visual forms used by the artist goes hand in hand with the rigour of composition which shapes the relation between the lettering and the art motifs. The visual form plays the role of a visual sign, the aim of which is to present the essence of a movie, theatrical performance or an opera. Many of Bertrandt’s posters abound in decorative value through the application of multiple lines, rhythmic systems of contoured colour spots or a decorative, ornamental duct of lines. Andrzej Bertrandt is a person not only showing great concern for art problems but also with a great sense of humour, as demonstrated by illustrations in his posters.
Andrzej Bertrandt Gallery
More information about the artist: bertrandt.pl