Jan Bajtlik
© Jan Bajtlik | Pinocchio | Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow | 2015

Jan Bajtlik

  • born 1989
  • born in Warsaw
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in graphic design, posters, book and press illustrations

“Everything or nothing”.

He graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. He received a Diploma with Honours from the Faculty of Graphic Arts, Department of Visual Communications, Professor Lech Majewski Publishing Graphic Design Studio, and the Department of Book and Illustration Design, Professor Maciej Buszewicz Book Design Studio. Currently, he is a PhD student at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at his home university and a lecturer at the Faculty of New Media Art at the Polish Japanese Academy of Technology in Warsaw.

He has held numerous solo exhibitions, both in Poland (Krakow, Warsaw) and abroad (Mantua, Moscow, New York, Paris), and group exhibitions.

The most important prizes and distinctions: 1st prize in the International Student Poster Competition “Skopje Poster”, 2009 and 2011; special distinction at the 12th International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 2011; Silver Medal at the 10th International Poster Triennial in Toyama, 2011; Award of the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage for children book design and educational work for children, 2015; Bologna Ragazzi Award Distinction for the book entitled “Typogryzmol” (English version: “Alphadoodler”), 2015; Silver Medal at the 15th International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 2016; Gold Medal at the 1st Poster Biennial in Ecuador, 2016.

The most remarkable feature of Jan Bajtlik’s posters is a strongly synthesised visual form using drawings, often in a simplistic primitive style that is close to children’s artistic expression, as well as graphic techniques, including halftone. In addition, the artist uses typographic experiments or transforms the transposition elements into forms synthesised to form logotypes. His works often feature childlike delight, frivolity and a great sense of humour – they are honest, life-affirming or sardonic and bitter, revealing the spurious nature and pompousness of humans. In this sense, his posters are close to the critical art movement.

Jan Bajtlik Gallery

© Jan Bajtlik | Remember | Self edition | 2011
© Jan Bajtlik | Remember | Self edition | 2011
© Jan Bajtlik | Jan Bajtlik exhibition in NYC | Culture.pl | 2014
© Jan Bajtlik | Jan Bajtlik exhibition in NYC | Culture.pl | 2014
© Jan Bajtlik | Polish Film Festival in New Delhi | Polish Institute in New Delhi | 2015
© Jan Bajtlik | Polish Film Festival in New Delhi | Polish Institute in New Delhi | 2015
© Jan Bajtlik | Adventures of a Cheating Flea | National Theatre in Warsaw | 2014
© Jan Bajtlik | Adventures of a Cheating Flea | National Theatre in Warsaw | 2014

More information about the artist: janbajtlik.com

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