- born 1969
- born in Warsaw
- he lives and creates his works in Warsaw
- he specializes in comics and illustrations
“It is not a goal that is important, but a well-chosen direction”.
He studied at the Faculty of Interior Design and the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He has participated in many individual and group comics exhibitions both in Poland (Krakow, Wrocław, Jelenia Góra, Bielsko-Biała, ZIelona Góra) and abroad (Berlin, Paris, Lisbon, Kyoto).
The most important publications: “Mikropolis. Przewodnik turystyczny” (art), story by D. Wojda, Siedmioróg, Egmont, 2001‒2008; “Mikropolis. Moherowe sny” (art), story by D. Wojda, Mandragora, Egmont, 2002‒2009;, “Achtung Zelig!” (art), story by K. Rosenberg, Zin Zin Press\Kultura Gniewu, Casterman, 2004/2005; “Esencja. Przebiegłe dochodzenie Ottona i Watsona” (art), story by G. Janusz, ARTE\Glénat, Mandragora, 2005; “Romantyzm. Przebiegłe dochodzenie Ottona i Watsona” (art), story by G. Janusz, Glénat, Mandragora, 2007; “Powstanie. Za dzień, za dwa” (art), story by M. Sowa, Dupuis. Aire Libre, Kultura Gniewu, 2014; “Zwrotnik Panny” (art), story by M. Kalicki, Timof Comics, 2018.
The most important awards and distinctions: Grand Prix of the First European Comics Competition ARTE\Glénat (“Esencja”, story by G. Janusz), Paris, 2003; International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź (the best comics of the year – “Esencja” album), 2003; International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź (the best comics of the year – “Achtung Zelig!” album, story by M. Rosenberg), 2004; Prix Millepages BD (“Achtung Zelig!” album), France 2005; nominated in the Debut category at the Comics Festival in Angoulême (“Esencja” album), France, 2006.
Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz is a versatile artist who constantly experiments with techniques, conventions, and styles. It is hard to describe his works as a uniform whole, because they include both panels thickly filled with strokes, boldly blackened and more minimalist ones, with pure lines, almost devoid of chiaroscuro.
What makes his drawings stand out is specific, always well-thought-out and precise strokes, a certain elegance in composing his images and a perfect method.
Expressive illustrations drawn using various conventions oscillate between grotesque, overdrawn, realistic, but still simplified and close to graphic arts, pictures resembling purely functional minimalist images and (photo) realistic works with a detailed background.
Gawronkiewicz’s works involve extreme plays with letter styles and the division of roles between the visual and the verbal layer, e.g. a speech balloon includes an onomatopoeia as a pure self-description of a sound (“squeal of tyres”). Another balloon, next to a text, contains a visual element, e.g. the head of a character who is talked about. The artist plays with the form of the comics and decides to draw full-page panels or to divide a page into tiers of frames which form a single picture; typical comics elements, e.g. borders, are drawn in various manners, from delicate and white ones up to strong, intensive lines filling the gutters, sometimes accompanied with very thick silhouette outlines.
Krzysztof Gawronkiewicz Gallery
More information about the artist: gawronkiewicz.carbonmade.com