- born 1954
- born in Żnin
- lives and works in Poznań
- specialises in applied graphics, including mostly posters
“A poster which is able to stop a hurrying passer-by in a busy street to move his emotions is the aim of my activity”.
He did his art studies in the years 1976‒1981 at the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture of the State Higher School of Arts in Poznań. In 1981, he obtained his diploma in the Poster Studio of Professor Waldemar Świerzy. Having completed his studies, he began his didactic career at his home university – until 1997, he was an assistant of his supervisor and, currently, he is a professor of the University of Arts in Poznań and is in charge of the 2nd Poster Studio there.
He has had several individual exhibitions in Poznań, Warsaw and Żnin, as well as has taken part in more than ten group exhibitions organised in Poland (Bielsko-Biała, Katowice, Łódź, Koszalin, Kraków, Oświęcim, Poznań, Szczecin and Warsaw) as well as (Berlin, Kharkiv, Hong kong, Lahti, Mexico, Mons, Moscow, New York, Paris, Pontevedra, Seul, Shenzhen, Sofia, Shanghai, Taiwan, Tehran, Toyama and Trnava).
The most important prizes and distinctions: 1st prize in the Polish competition for a poster “The Austrian Library”, Warsaw, 1989; a prize in the International Satirical Drawing Competition, Malmö, 2001; a special prize in the International Satirical Drawing Competition “SATYRYKON”, Legnica, 2002; a special prize in the International Communication Design Competition (CDAK), Korea, 2002; the Prize of the ZG ZPAP President at the 20th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2007; the naional competition for the “Days of Zielona Góra” poster, a distinction, 2007; Grand Prix, 2008; Grand Prix 2015; the Polish competition for the “Safe on the Road” poster– 1st prize, 2008; 2nd prize, 2009; 2nd prize, 2010; a special prize at the Virtual Biennial, Prague, 2009; a prize at EXPO Shanghai China, 2010; Medal of the Commission of National Education, 2010; a distinction in the competition for a poster in CIOP, Warsaw, 2014; Grand Prix in the international competition for the “World without violence” poster, Tehran, 2015; a distinction in the competition for poster in CIOP, Warsaw, 2015; a distinction in the competition for a poster in CIOP, Warsaw, 2016.
Eugeniusz Skorwider creates posters with the use of artistic means deprived of manuality features. Rejecting the artistic language typical for the “painting” workshop, he stood at the other extreme of the metaphoric and expressive movement. The artist aims at shaping forms with the use of economical measures influencing the viewer through a message condensed in an internally coherent artistic structure deprived of excessive expressiveness. He builds tension not through a system of mimetic reproductions of reality, but through purely artistic qualities of forms in a way condensed in their essence. The artist adapts some elements from reality, subjects them to processing and, simultaneously, locates them in a new artistic space making them obtain different connotations. Thus, what we have here is an artistic procedure the origins of which may be found in Dadaism. The difference, however, is that the adapted elements of reality (ready objects) are subject to radical processing changing them into signs of what they used to be and, simultaneously, the signs of ideas the elements are supposed to designate. Deconstruction of reality and construction of a new system based on an autonomous artistic language, emphasising that the most important thing in creation is neither imitation nor building of narration with the use of artistic visual forms, but plotting of structures which are internally coherent and adequate to their visual role – this is the main aim of Eugeniusz Skorwider’s artistic activity.
Eugeniusz Skorwider Gallery
More information about the artist: eugeniuszskorwider.com