- born 1942
- born in Warsaw
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, applied graphics, book and press illustrations
“A word is enough, the rest is just talking”.
(Stanisław Jerzy Lec)
In the years 1960‒1966, he studied at the Faculty of Painting and Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He obtained his diploma in the Poster Studio of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski. In 1971, he became the assistant of his supervisor (from 1985) and, next, the head of the Graphic Design Studio. Since 1995, he has also been in charge of the Graphics and Poster Studio at the European Academy of Arts in Warsaw. He is currently giving classes in graphic design in the major of graphics at the Warsaw School of Information Technology. He also taught at the University in Damascus (1981‒1982), Higher School of Applied Arts in Offenbach (1989) and the Institute of Applied Art in Rovaniemi and Helsinki (1991‒1992).
He has presented his works in many individual exhibitions organised in Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Essen, Guadalajara, Hangzhou, Helsinki, Kalisz, Katowice, La Serena, Legnia, Ljubljana, New York, Offenbach, Orleans, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Paris, Providence, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan, Rovaniemi, (Puerto Rico), Santiago, Słupsk, Sofia, Stuttgart, Tehran, Tenerife, Tokyo, Viña del Mar, Warsaw and Wrocław.
The most important prizes and distinctions: 1st prize for the logotype for Zakłady Azotowe “Puławy”, 1966; 1st prize in the “Polish Culture Congress” competition, 1966; 1st prize in the competition for a poster “Modern World” on the occasion of 20 years of WAG, 1970; 2nd prize in the competition for a poster “The 500th Anniversary of Copernicus’ Birthday”, 1970; 1st prize in the competition for the Polish Red Cross poster, 1971; Award of the Polish UNESCO Committee at the 50th International Polish Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1972; 2nd prize in the competition for a poster “The International Poznań Fair”, 1972; an award at the 5th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1973; 2nd prize in the competition for a poster “Grape Harvesting– Zielona Góra”, 1973; 1st prize and gold medal at the 6th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1976; 1st prize in the international competition for a poster – Calendar for the UN, 1986; 2nd Prize at the Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1988; Silver Plaque at the International Film Festival, Chicago, 1988; a special award at the International Poster Biennial, Chaumont, 1991; 2nd prize in the competition for a poster “The 50th Anniversary of the Uprising in Warsaw Ghetto”, 1993; 1st prize in the competition for a poster “The 50th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising”, 1994; silver medal at the 14th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1994; silver medal at the International Theatre Poster Triennial, Sofia, 1996; 1st prize in the competition for the logotype of “The Polish Book on Frankfurt am Mein Fair”, 1998; 1st prize in the competition for a poster “Polonia 2000”, 1999; 1st prize in the competition for a poster “Poland in the European Union”, 2003; the main prize at the 5th Polish Poster Festival, Krakow, 2005.
Wasilewski belongs to the group of poster artists transforming visual elements into simple graphic signs – pictograms. Formal asceticism, compositional discipline, basing the artistic form on elements of a reduced drawing and typographic elements, limitation of the colour structure, frequently to white and black or to a very narrow colour palette, create an individual style of the artist’s expression. His posters are a certain kind of graphic and notional constructions referring mostly to viewers’ intellect. In spite of the rational attitude, his works are not devoid of improvisation features. The basic technique used by the artist is drawing with the use of ink and a fine brush. The form is built quickly, with precisely drawn lines. The artist emphasises that the creative process is, for him, processing of an object into a pictogram through such an activity in which the form is almost deprived of its object nature. The searching process is accompanied by a paradox occurring between control and lack of such control, between a free gesture, surprise and leashing of a motif with the formal rigour.
Mieczysław Wasilewski Gallery
More information about the artist: wasilewski.art.pl