- born 1953
- born in Warsaw
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, book and press illustrations, applied graphics as well as theatre and TV scenography
“I have created several sets of scenography, more than ten murals, several hundred book covers and portraits, and several thousand drawings; however, I am the most proud of 1400 posters”.
He studied at the Faculty of Posters at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. In 1978, he graduated with recognition from the Poster Studio of Professor Waldemar Świerzy. In 1990, he opened Studio P Advertising Agency; in 2002, Kreacja Pro Advertising Agency. He is one of the main representatives of the second generation of the Polish school of posters.
He has presented his works in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including exhibitions in Barcelona, Berlin, Białystok, Brussels, Gdynia, Göttingen, Krakow, London, Opole, Paris, Puławy, Sofia, Stockholm, Warsaw and Wrocław.
The most important prizes and distincions: the bronze medal at the 8th International Biennial of Functional Graphic Arts, Brno, 1978; the silver medal at the 8th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1983; the 1st Prize at the 1st Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 1987; the “Poster of the Year” award, Warsaw, 1983; the “Poster of the Year” award, Warsaw, 1987; Stanisław Wyspiański Award, 1988; the 1st Prize at the International Film Poster Competition, Istanbul, 1989; more than ten highest trophies at the International Competition for the Best Film and TV Poster (including 6 gold medals and The Best of Show title) in Los Angeles and several main prizes at the International Film Poster Competition in Chicago; the Order of Polonia Restituta, 2005.
A characteristic trait of the artistic style of posters by Andrzej Pągowski is an energetic, hand-painted and highly expressive line. It is enhanced with a colour structure based on suppressed and luminaristic colours or, on the other hand, on bright colours or dissonant colour combinations. The artist seeks various drawing techniques, adapts them to the topic at hand, and looks for adequate artistic meaning for them. He copes with his topics not only in the aspect of the artistic language used but he also seeks new, often surprising and suggestive means of presentation. In his means of presentation, the artist tries to bring out the essence of the topic, cleans it off anecdotes, eliminates unnecessary elements, and uses cropping. His works often reveal bluntness of perception, a great sense of humour, sensual or political, social, and moral provocation; it is thanks to them that posters by Andrzej Pągowski are permanently imprinted on the memory of people who see them.
Andrzej Pągowski Gallery
More information about the artist: pagowski.pl