- born 1950
- born in Szczecin
- lives and works Szczecin
- specialises in posters, drawing, painting, artistic and publishing graphics as well as photography
“Art is there for people to be better”.
He studied at the State Higher School of Arts in Gdańsk at the Faculty of Graphic Design. In 1978, he obtained his diploma in the Graphic Design Studio of Professor Jerzy Krechowicz. In the years 1995‒2010, he worked as a teacher at the Higher School of Applied Art in Szczecin. Since 2010, he has been in charge of the Poster and Illustration Studio in the Chair of Design Graphics at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Academy of Arts in Szczecin.
He has presented his works in many individual and group exhibitions organised e.g. in Ahrenshoop, Austin, Berlin, Brno, Boston, Chaumont, Chicago, Ganzhou, Helsinki, Lahti, Minsk, Mons, Moscow, Osaka, Paris, Rzeszów, Sarajevo, Sofia, Szczecin, Toyama, Tehran, Trnava, Toulouse and Warsaw.
The most important prizes and distinctions: Grand Prix of the Polish Exhibition “Four seasons”, Szczecinek, 1987; 1st prize at the 5th Political Poster Triennial, Mons, 1992; the Artistic Award of the City of Szczecin for artistic activity, 2002; Golden Bee Award at the International Graphic Design Biennial, 7th Golden Bee, Moscow, 2006; 3rd prize at the 11th International Theatre Biennial, Rzeszów, 2007; 2nd prize at the 10th International Poster Biennial, Tehran, 2009; bronze medal at the 22nd International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2010; Award of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow at the 5th International Social and Political Poster Biennial, Oświęcim, 2014; Award of the Legnica City Mayor at the International Satirical Drawing Exhibition “SATYRYKON”, Legnica, 2016; the Honorary Ambassador of Szczecin, 2017.
The world presented in Leszek Żebrowski’s posters is signs-metaphors saturated with lyricism with a huge influence load and a suggestive content message. The artist focuses, first and foremost, on a human figure presented in a bust frame. This convention enables him to get inside the physical and psychoemotional features of his characters. The recognisable features of the artist’s style is perfect, sometimes even sterile drawing, a line outlining the form as well as a locally applied colour deprived of any value. In this manner, forms cleared of any unnecessary representational elements of characters are created and objects reveal what is significant and universal in them. The visual world of Leszek Żebrowski’s images grows out of the tradition of romantic and symbolic painting, but, simultaneously, some features of formists’ painting and neo-figurative art may be noticed. As he mentions himself, he is fascinated with the painting of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Stefan Żechowski and Francis Bacon. The artist looks for a manner of shaping representational elements which is monumental, economical with form and colour. At times, he is, nevertheless, tempted to develop some elements into pure decoration. As regards the choice of artistic expression media, he mostly uses drawing techniques (airbrush, coloured chalk), but also experiments with graphic techniques, including computer graphics.
Leszek Żebrowski Gallery
More information about the artist: zebrowski.dphoto.com