Lech Majewski
© Lech Majewski | Queens of Britain | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2010

Lech Majewski

  • born 1947
  • born in Olsztyn
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in posters, graphic design, traditional graphic arts and drawing

“Even if a poster does not change the world, you have to remember one thing: it is an excellent recording of place, time and events”.

He completed his art studies at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he graduated in 1972 from the Poster Studio of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski. At present, he manages the Studio of Visual Communications and Poster Design in the Department of Visual Communications at that Academy. He has given lectures and run workshops at many universities all over the world. He was granted the honoris causa doctorate of two Czech universities, i.e. Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyně in Ústí nad Labem and Západočeská univerzita in Plzeň. He is the President of the International Poster Biennial in Warsaw.

He has presented his works in many individual exhibitions in Poland (Gdańsk, Hrubieszów, Krakow, Lublin, Olsztyn, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Radom, Rzeszów, Tarnów, Toruń, Warsaw, Wrocław, and Zamość) and abroad (Ahmadabad, Besançon, Brussels,  Buenos Aires, Clermont-Ferrand, Échirolles, Grenoble, Gröningen, Halapa, Curitiba, La Grenette in Sion, La Serena, Moscow, Phnom Penh, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Saigon, Santiago, Istanbul, Täysikuu, Tehran, Ústí nad Labem, Viña del Mar, and Xalapa). He has also taken part in many group exhibitions, including in Brno, Chaumont, Colorado, Échirolles, Helsinki, Katowice, Lahti, Mexico, Osnabrück, Paris, Peczu, Rio de Janeiro, Toyama, and Warsaw.

The most important prizes and distinctions: the 2nd International UNESCO competition for “The World worth of us” poster (on the 25th anniversary of UNESCO), 1971; a distinction in the International Competition in Los Angeles for the best film poster in the world (organized by “The Hollywood Reporter”), 1980; the 1st Prize in the competition for “The 2nd Special UN Session dedicated to disarmament” poster, 1981; Grand Prix, the silver medal and the Special Prize at the 10th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1983; the Special Prize at the 9th/10th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1984; the 1st Prize in the competition for “Sobriety – Culture – Safety”, 1985; the award of the President of the Council of Ministers for artistic work for children and teenagers, 1986; the 1st Prize in the competition for the “International Chopin Piano Competition” poster, 1987; the 2nd Prize at the 2nd International Poster Exhibition, Paris, 1987; the 1st Prize in the competition for the Best Warsaw poster of 1986, 1987; the 3rd Prize at the 18th Polish Review of Museum and Monument Protection Posters, Przemyśl, 1990; Award of the Czech Minister of Culture at the 16th Functional Graphics Biennial, Brno, 1990; the 1st Prize at the Polish Poster Festival, Krakow, 2000; the ICOGRADA Award at the Poster Triennial, Trnava, 2003; the Special Prize at the 21st International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2008; the Special Prize at the 22nd International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2010; the silver medal at the 7th International Poster Triennial, Sofia, 2013; the gold medal at the International Poster Biennial, Bolivia, 2013; the bronze medal at the 24th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2014.

Very analytic and showing details of the presented motive at the beginning, the posters by Lech Majewski indicated, with time, the aspiration of the artist to increase the visual asceticism. The artist started to seek forms thickened to artistic signs, cleaned of all things unnecessary, devoid of the aesthetic manner, frank in meaning, almost like taken out from the street space. The recognizable characteristics of his present style include flat forms using means typical for drawing or graphic means, colour austerity based on a contrasting combination of several colours (white, black, grey, red, blue, purple), a quivering composition, and the tension between large layers of neutral background and the presented motive which carries the whole richness of meanings.

Lech Majewski Gallery

© Lech Majewski | Locomotive | Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw | 2013
© Lech Majewski | Locomotive | Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw | 2013
© Lech Majewski | Oedipus the King | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2009
© Lech Majewski | Oedipus the King | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2009
© Lech Majewski | My precious | Contemporary Theatre in Warsaw | 2013
© Lech Majewski | My precious | Contemporary Theatre in Warsaw | 2013
© Lech Majewski | The 9th Intrenational Gombrowicz Festival | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2007
© Lech Majewski | The 9th Intrenational Gombrowicz Festival | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2007
© Lech Majewski | The poster must sing | National Museum in Poznan | 2011
© Lech Majewski | The poster must sing | National Museum in Poznan | 2011
© Lech Majewski | Dupont Lajoie | Union of Film Distribution | 1977
© Lech Majewski | Dupont Lajoie | Union of Film Distribution | 1977
© Lech Majewski | Cafe sax | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2011
© Lech Majewski | Cafe sax | Powszechny Theatre in Radom | 2011

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