Marcin Władyka
© Marcin Władyka | The 38th Film Festival in Gdynia | Pomeranian Film Foundation | 2013

Marcin Władyka

  • born 1975
  • born in Warsaw
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in applied graphics, including poster, graphic design and animation

“The most interesting thing in designing is the view of a white plane where there is still nothing and the curiosity of what will finally appear on it”.

In the years 1994‒1999, he studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He obtained his diploma in the Graphic Design Studio of Professor Mieczysław Wasilewski with a supplement in the Drawing Studio of Professor Julian Raczko. In the years 1997–1998, he also studied in Schüle für Gestaltung in St. Gallen and, a year after obtaining the Master’s degree, received a scholarship from Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Having completed his studies in 2000, he began working as the assistant of Professor Mieczysław Wasilewski at the Warsaw academy. He was connected with the studio until 2007. Currently, he is co-responsible for the Typography Studio in full-time studies and the Graphic Design Studio in part-time studies. Since 2016, he has also run the Master’s degree studios of publishing design and movable typography in the English language programme of the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. In 1989, he established his own Headmade graphic studio, where he mainly prepares designs for institutions connected with culture (e.g. Film Festival in Gdynia, TVP Kultura, Solidarity of Arts, National Culture Centre, the Museum of Polish Jews’ History, POLIN, the Museum of Warsaw Uprising) as well as undertakes tasks connected with building of graphic identification of companies and institutions.

He is a participant of many Polish and foreign poster exhibitions, e.g. in Hong Kong, Toyama and Warsaw.

The most important prizes and distinctions: silver medal in the category of ideological poster at the 17th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2000.

Marcin Władyka belongs to the group of young artists cutting off from the metaphorical and painting trend of Polish poster. Like his master, Mieczysław Wasilewski, he values formal asceticism and compositional discipline. Transformed into simple graphic signs, the visual and typographic elements, sometimes constituting the main or the sole material of artistic activity, are supposed to shape an explicit message intellectually provoking the viewer. The direction of artistic activity understood in this way suggests breaking with the concept of a poster understood as an artistically attractive message based on a metaphorical system of imaging.

Marcin Władyka Gallery

© Marcin Władyka | A Need For Realism | Ujazdowski Castle | Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw | 2002
© Marcin Władyka | A Need For Realism | Ujazdowski Castle | Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw | 2002
© Marcin Władyka | Young Graphics | Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw | 2003
© Marcin Władyka | Young Graphics | Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw | 2003
© Marcin Władyka | Posters, signs, books, animations | Institute of Design Kielce | 2016
© Marcin Władyka | Posters, signs, books, animations | Institute of Design Kielce | 2016
© Marcin Władyka | Post-Soviet landscape | Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw | 2006
© Marcin Władyka | Post-Soviet landscape | Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw | 2006
© Marcin Władyka | Museum of Freedom | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017
© Marcin Władyka | Museum of Freedom | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017
© Marcin Władyka | Death, an enemy of Motherland | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017
© Marcin Władyka | Death, an enemy of Motherland | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017
© Marcin Władyka | Escape from the Polishness cinema | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017
© Marcin Władyka | Escape from the Polishness cinema | Pożar w Burdelu Theatre | 2017

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