- born 1951
- born in Klucze
- lives and works in Katowice
- specialises in posters, applied graphics and painting
“Creative work is, for me, treating purely artistic and applied disciplines on the same rights. I approach designing of a company logo or a commissioned poster with the same involvement as working with a painting, a cover, graphics or a drawing. I transfer the humbleness of design disciplines into the so called pure ones, which, in turn, with their freedom, joy of creation and rejection of schemes, are a great help to me when I have a specific order. Creators who remain themselves while creating a specific order enjoy the most happiness and freedom. Each order is enriching and makes an artist face a different, frequently new reality”.
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 1976 in the Poster Studio of Professor Tadeusz Grabowski. Currently, he is in charge of the Poster Design Studio at his alma mater (Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice).
He has shown his works in many individual exhibitions in Poland (Katowice, Krakow, Łódż, Poznań and Warsaw) as well as abroad (Berlin, Budapest, Brussels, Brunschweig, Czernihiv, Dachau, Düsseldorf, Essen, Grenoble, Heilbronn, Helsinki, Kansas City, Kiev, London, Pecs and Thiant). He also took part in many group exhibitions organised e.g. in Ames, Berlin, Bratislava, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Chaumont, Chicago, Cremona, Düsseldorf, Essen, Fryburg, Grenoble, Heilbronn, Helsinki, Kiev, Cologne, Lahti, Ljubljana, Milan, Mons, Moscow, Ōgaki, Paris, Pecs, Prague, Rouen, Seville, Sofia, Toyama, Trnava, Varna, Washington, Venice and Zurich.
The most important prizes and distinctions: bronze medal at Graphic Design Biennial, Brno, 1993; Grand Prix of the 14th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1995; Grand Prix of the 17th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2001; 1st prize at the 3rd Polish Poster Festival, Krakow, 2001; bronze medal at the International Graphic Design Biennial, Brno, 2002; bronze medal at the International Poster Triennial, Toyama, 2003; Award of the Katowice City Mayor for achievements in the field of culture, 2006; Gold Cross of Merit, 2007.
Typical painting or drawing means of expression used in visualisation of all representational elements, including lettering ones, as well as “candy” colours build a lightly perceived, fairy tale, sophisticated world, which is suggestive for senses and intellectually twisted. The lightness of form shapes visions of “lightness of being” – albeit not always. The iconic layer of posters by Roman Kalarus is life scenes full of humour, frequently of erotic nature, yet with violence and pain not creating “nice pictures” despite being served in “sweet packages”. The motifs appearing on the artist’s posters are derived from richness of the contemporary pop visual culture. Taken from their natural environment, subject to new formal and content connections, they build a new artistic and ideological synthesis, based on which new tension is born between an artist and a viewer.