- born 1985
- born in Łódź
- lives and works in Łódź
- specialises in posters and design graphics
“Ideas are born from incoherence”.
He did his artistic studies at the Faculty of Graphics and Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and obtained his diploma in the Screen Printing Studio of Professor Andrzej Smoczyński.
He has had many individual exhibitions and has taken part in group exhibitions in Poland (Cieszyn, Katowice, Krakow, Łódź, Malbork, Poznań, Radom, Rzeszów and Warsaw) as well as abroad (Aarhus, Budapest, Brno, Grenoble, Havana, Landau, Mexico, Mons, Moscow, Osnabrück, Ostrava, Paris, Sofia, Toyama, Trnava, Weimar, Vilnius and Zandhoven).
The most important prizes and distinctions: 1st prize at the Polish Artistic Competition Postawy ’81, Krakow, 1981; distinction at the 14th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1995; distinction at the 14th Polish Open Graphics Competition in Łódz, 1996; silver medal at the 15th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1997; 1st prize at the 10th International Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 2005; 2nd prize at the 19th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2005; a prize at the 20th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2007.
The artist tries to combine creatively the construction rigour with the expressive quality of form and, thus, dynamism and striving towards getting control of it through a compositional balance coexist in his works. Krzysztof Iwański employs lettering forms used as a repeated module subject to compositional ordering procedures and contrasts them with non-lettering visual forms – graphic signs or photography fragments. Among these elements, a complex artistic relation is shaped, stretched around such opposing qualities as limitation and geometricality, singularity and multiplicity, tension and calmness, distraction and striving towards restoring the balance. The lettering elements once get to the foreground, becoming a dominant motif, and, on another occasion, are a supplement to a non-lettering motif. The artists uses collage, typography, including manual one, and photomontage techniques. As regards formality, the art of Krzyszof Iwańksi draws from the tradition of Bauhaus, constructivisim and neoplasticism.
Krzysztof Iwański Gallery
More information about the artist: ivvanski.com