- born 1945
- born in Bielsko-Biała
- lives and works in Bielsko-Biała
- specialises in workshop and design graphics, including posters, painting and drawing
“My traces on paper come from Łodygowice Land of Klepok etc.”
In the years 1969‒1974, he did his artistic studies at the Faculty of Graphics of the Katowice branch of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He obtained his diploma in 1974 in the Poster Studio of Professor Tadeusz Grabowski. Connected with his alma mater, he performed the function of the Dean of the Faculty of Graphics in the years 1993‒1999, the Vice Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow for the Branch in Katowice in the years 1999‒2002, Rector of the autonomous Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in the years 2001‒2005. He was a member of the Polish Accreditation Committe in the years 2010‒2015. Currently, he is in charge of the Inter-faculty Studio of Poster Design and the Studio of Visual Communication Design at the Katowice Academy.
Has presented his works at many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Bielsko-Biała, Brno, Brussels, Fryburg, Geneva, Jelenia Góra, Katowice, Lahti, Ningbo, Ōgaki, Olsztyn, Osnabrück, Paris, Rzeszów, Toyama, Tokyo, Trnava and Warsaw.
The most important prizes and distinctions: gold medal at the 12th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1987; silver medal at the International Graphic Design Biennial, Brno, 1996; gold medal at the 17th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2001; 3rd prize at the International Theatre Poster Triennial, Sofia, 2001; the Prize of the Katowice City Mayor, 2001; the Prize of the Bielsko-Biała City Mayor “Ikar”, 2001; the Wojciech Korfanty Prize, Katowice, 2003, the Karol Miarka Prize, Katowice, 2003; the ZPAP Prize at the 18th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2003; the Individual Prize of the Minister of Culture for outstanding artistic, didactic and organisational achievements, 2005; the Medal of the National Commission of Education, 2005; the Silver Medal for Merit to Culture Gloria Artis, 2005; receiving the honorary title of the Knight of Silver Stick with a Red Rose from the Chapter of the Association of the Friends of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, 2013; gold medal for the poster “Ecce Homo” at the 22nd Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2013; receiving the Polish Order of Polonia Restituta, silver medal for the poster “Ōgaki” at the 25th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2017.
The artist uses various means of artistic expression. The dominant method is a hasty drafted, seemingly careless, spontaneous record with the use of drawing or painting techniques. There are also realisations with strong decorative qualities, perfectly drafted in a calligraphic way. He is also no stranger to works being realistic painting studies. Within such a varied scope of the means of artistic language, Michał Kliś has been searching for properly selected relations between the form and the content expressed by it. The aim of the process is creation of the synthesis of artistic influence adequate to the type of perception related to the public space.
Michał Kliś Gallery
More information about the artist: michalklis.pl