Łukasz Kliś
© Łukasz Kliś | The 25th Biennial of Polish Poster in Katowice | Self edition | 2009

Łukasz Kliś

  • born 1975
  • born in Bielsko-Biała
  • lives and works in Wrocław
  • specialises in posters, press and book layouts, logos, illustrations, visual communication, drawing and short literary forms

“Graphic design is an intellectual adventure. I like adventures very much. In a way, what I consider to be a metaphor of the beginning of my career path and my life path is the Czech cartoon entitled A Poster Boy”.

In the years 1995‒2000, he studied at the Faculty of Industrial Forms of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He obtained his diploma in 2000 in the Chair of Space and Colour Design of Professor Barbara Suszczyńska-Rąpalska. Since 2016, he has been the director of the Institute of Art of the Artistic Faculty of the University of Silesia in Cieszyn. He also performs the function of the head of Graphic Design Department and conducts classes in publishing graphics and graphic design. Furthermore, he conducts classes in branding, aesthetics and foundations of layout design in the Institute of Journalism and Image Communication of the University of Wrocław.

He showed his works in several individual exhibitions in Berlin and Wrocław as well as group exhibitions organised e.g. in Katowice, Legnica, Ostrava, Tehran, Prague, Sopot and Warsaw.

The most important prizes and distinctions: distinction in the competition for a poster on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birthday, Warsaw, 2009; distinction in the STGU and KZK GOP Katowice competition for a poster promoting public transport, 2016.

Łukasz Kliś is the master of visual abbreviation. The recognizable features of the artist’s style include: bringing the representational form to a simple graphic sign based on a commonly available modern culture code, a synthetic and simultaneously spontaneous drawing bringing what is most important out of an object or a character, homogeneous backgrounds contrasting with monochromatic form contours, using of basic colours (yellow, blue, red), white, black and “candy” colours (pink, aquamarine) as well as a huge sense of humour in the manner of presenting the undertaken theme. Posters of Łukasz Kliś charm with their laconic message and, simultaneously, through their suggestive artistic language, are engraved in viewer’s memory.

Łukasz Kliś Gallery

© Łukasz Kliś | Łukasz Kliś and Paweł Synowiec – posters | PIGASUS Polish Poster Gallery in Berlin | 2006
© Łukasz Kliś | Łukasz Kliś and Paweł Synowiec – posters | PIGASUS Polish Poster Gallery in Berlin | 2006
© Łukasz Kliś | 200th birth anniversary of Chopin | The Mazovia Institute of Culture in Warsaw | 2009
© Łukasz Kliś | 200th birth anniversary of Chopin | The Mazovia Institute of Culture in Warsaw | 2009
© Łukasz Kliś | Witold Jacyków. Journeys to Katowice | Witold Jacyków, photographer | 2009
© Łukasz Kliś | Witold Jacyków. Journeys to Katowice | Witold Jacyków, photographer | 2009
© Łukasz Kliś | The 31st Polish Film Festival in Gdynia | Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia | 2006
© Łukasz Kliś | The 31st Polish Film Festival in Gdynia | Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia | 2006
© Łukasz Kliś | Silver screen animals | PIGASUS Polish Poster Gallery in Berlin | 2015
© Łukasz Kliś | Silver screen animals | PIGASUS Polish Poster Gallery in Berlin | 2015

More information about the artist: republika.pl/port_lukasza

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