Mirosław Adamczyk
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Henry Farrell What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? | Drama Theatre in Opole | 2017

Mirosław Adamczyk

  • born 1964
  • born in Szubin
  • lives and works in Poznań
  • specialises in applied graphics, except for posters creates also press and book illustrations, the graphic layouts of books, catalogues and logotypes

“Text analysis ad interpretation as well as the ability to formulate a mental shortcut between a word and an image are the art of expressing content in the area of posters and publishing illustrations. On the other hand, a paradox – an apparent, logical opposition which enables a ‘split’ of the content message into the main stream of meaning and the so called undertone – activates an unlimited space for artistic creation”.

In the years 1985–1990, he did his studies at the Faculty of Graphics of the State Higher School of Arts in Poznań and obtained a diploma with distinctions form the Poster Studio of Professor Waldemar Świerzy. Currently, he is a lecturer at his home university (University of Arts), where he is in charge of the Publishing Illustration Studio in the Chair of Visual Communication at the Faculty of Graphics and Visual Communication.

He has taken part in many exhibition, competitions and reviews of posters organised in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Berlin, Brno, Kharkiv, Chaumont, Chicago, Chorzów, Colorado, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Katowice, Krakow, Lahti, La Paz, Mons, Moscow, Ōgaki, Quito, Poznań, Shenzhen, Sofia, Szczecin, Taipei, Tehran, Toyama, Trnava and Warsaw.

The most important prizes and distinctions: the prize for a young artist at the 15th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1997; the prize for young artists of Poznań, 1997; 3rd prize at the 16th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1999; 2nd prize at the Krakow Poster Festival, 2001; Grand Prix of the Polish Poster Exhibition in Krakow, 2002; 2nd prize at the 9th International Theatre Poster Biennial, Rzeszów, 2003; 2nd prize at the 2nd International Biennial of Posters of the Islamic World, Tehran, 2007; a distinction at the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, 2007; a distinction at the Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition, 2009; a prize winner at the 100 beste Plakate 2009, Deutschland Österreich Schweiz, 2010; a distinction at the 2nd International Poser Biennial, Bielsko-Biała, 2015; a distinction of the Taipei International Design Award, 2016; a prize at the International Triennial of Stage Poster, Sofia, 2016.

The characteristic feature of his posters is operating with a laconic, synthetic sign. The visual minimalism is accompanied by a moderate colour structure based on a contrastive juxtaposition of several colour patches usually set on a background of a uniform colour. The iconic layer of his posters is created by simple object forms hieratically set in the abstract space, still frozen individual human silhouettes or, sporadically, several figures, among which there are faked interactions. The iconographic sphere shaped in this manner creates a mental shortcut being a metaphoric message acting upon the sphere of viewer’s loose associations, frequently containing an anecdotal punch line.

Mirosław Adamczyk Gallery

© Mirosław Adamczyk | Warsaw Feliks Prize 2002 | Polish Theatre in Warsaw | 2002
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Warsaw Feliks Prize 2002 | Polish Theatre in Warsaw | 2002
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Gniezno Encounters with the Poster | Museum of the Origins of the Polish State in Gniezno | 2004
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Gniezno Encounters with the Poster | Museum of the Origins of the Polish State in Gniezno | 2004
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Hamlet Second | Polish Theatre in Poznań | 2002
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Hamlet Second | Polish Theatre in Poznań | 2002
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Iwan Wyrypajew, Oxygen | Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw | 2003
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Iwan Wyrypajew, Oxygen | Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw | 2003
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Enda Walsh, The Walworth Farce | Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk | 2007
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Enda Walsh, The Walworth Farce | Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk | 2007
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Ingmar Bergman, Persona | Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk | 2010
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Ingmar Bergman, Persona | Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk | 2010
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Dirk Dobbrow, Paradise | Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz | 2005
© Mirosław Adamczyk | Dirk Dobbrow, Paradise | Polish Theatre in Bydgoszcz | 2005

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