Lex Drewinski
© Lex Drewinski | Antony and Cleopatra | Imagine Theatre | 1996

Lex Drewinski

  • born 1951
  • born in Szczecin
  • lives and works in Falkensee near Berlin
  • specialises in posters, illustrations, graphic design, graphic art and films

“In posters, to subtract means to add”.

In 1976–1981, he studied at the Faculty of Painting, Graphic Arts, and Sculpture of the State Higher School of Arts in Poznań. He graduated with distinctions in 1981 from the Posters Studio of Professor Waldemar Świerzy, the Wood Engraving Studio of Professor Zbigniew Lutomski, and the Painting Studio of professor Jan Świtka. Since 1981, he has cooperated with Polfilm in Warsaw as a poster artist. In 1983–1985, he worked in the Animated Movies Studio in Poznań as a director and a scriptwriter. In 1985, he emigrated to Berlin (West). There, he studied computer graphics in Cimdata Bildungsakademie. In 1992–2017, he worked as a professor of graphic design in Fachhochschule Potsdam. Since 2010, he has been the head of the Multimedia Graphic Design Studio at the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. In 2012–2016, he had his own column titled “2 po 3” in “2+3D”, a nation-wide quarterly for designers.

He has had many individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including in Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Damascus, Guadalajara, Krakow, London, Madrid, Mexico, Nicosia, Beijing, Quito, Stockholm, and Warsaw. He has taken part in the majority of the most important Polish and world’s poster exhibitions.

The most important prizes and distinctions: the 1st Prize at “International Exhibition Helena Rubinstein”, Tel Aviv, 1993; the Silver Medal of “Art Directors Club” at the International Exhibition, New York, 1994; the Golden Bee Award at the “Golden Bee” International Design, 7th Golden Bee, of Graphic Design, 7th Golden Bee, Moscow, 1996; the 1st Prize at the International Poster Triennial Ekoplagát, Zilina, 1996; the Golden Medal at the 5th International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 1998; the 1st Prize at the International Triennial of Political Poster, Mons, 1998; the 2nd Prize at the 7th International Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 1999; the 1st Prize at the Trnava Poster Triennial, 2000; the Award Winner at The Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins, 2001; the 1st Prize at the “I Love Design” International Poster Competition, Ningbo, 2002; the Master’s Eye Award at the International Trnava Poster Triennial, 2003; the 1st Prize at the 7th Computer Graphics Biennial, Rzeszów, 2006; Grand Prix at the International Triennial of Stage Poster, Sofia, 2007; the 1st Prize at the Multimedia Szajna Festival, Rzeszów, 2008; the Golden Medal at the 11th International Poster Biennial in Mexico, 2010; Grand Prix Virtual Biennale Prague, 2011; Grand Prix Awakening World Awards, Tehran, 2012; the 1st Prize at the 4th International Social and Political Poster Biennial, Oświęcim, 2012; Award Winner at the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, Fort Collins, 2013; Grand Prix International Poster Triennial Ekoplagát, Zylina, 2014; the Main Prize at the 8th “Art Moves 2015” International Festival of Art on Billboards, Toruń, 2015; the Leipzig Poster Prize at the 3rd International Poster Exhibition, 2016; Honorary Ambassador of Szczecin, 2016; the 3rd Prize at the Poster Quadrennial Bardejov, 2017.

The artistic form of Lex Drewinski’s posters is based on succinct signs constructed of flat colourful spots with linear haptic outlines. The artist shapes the presented reality using visual synthesis. The suggestive character of his works is enhanced with colour structure, which is reduced and based on a contrasting combination of two or three aggressive colours, usually white, black, red, or blue. Lex Drewinski uses motifs derived from mass culture, ones oscillating around eroticism and commercial, political, or ideological visual messages. Those motifs are artistically transformed and presented with a great sense of humour; they show a great social and anthropological context.

Lex Drewinski Gallery

© Lex Drewinski | Five to twelve | Friedenshaus | 1994
© Lex Drewinski | Five to twelve | Friedenshaus | 1994
© Lex Drewinski | Refugee | Friedenshaus | 1997
© Lex Drewinski | Refugee | Friedenshaus | 1997
© Lex Drewinski | Racism | Friedenshaus | 1992
© Lex Drewinski | Racism | Friedenshaus | 1992
© Lex Drewinski | No title | Self edition | 2010
© Lex Drewinski | No title | Self edition | 2010
© Lex Drewinski | No title | Friedenshaus | 2009
© Lex Drewinski | No title | Friedenshaus | 2009

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