- born 1933
- born in Poznań
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, illustrations, graphic design of record sleeves and book covers, photography and exhibition design
“Fireworks of talents explode and often die down. A good graphic artist lives a long artistic life, as this work is based on graphic intelligence and answers to questions that are asked”.
In 1955–1961, he studied at the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He graduated from the Studio of Graphic Arts of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski and the Painting Studio of Professor Wojciech Fangor. In 1966, after several years of creating awarded posters and vinyl record sleeves, he went to Great Britain and settled in London. During his London period, he was the art director in Young & Rubicam advertising agency (1967–1972) and the creative director in CBS Records (Columbia Broadcasting System) for Great Britain (1972–1988). He also gave lectures and taught classes in Chelsea School of Art and University of Bath – Horsham School of Art. Having accepted the proposal of the Council of the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, he returned to Poland in 1993 and took over the Photography Studio which had once been managed by Wojciech Zamecznik. In 2004, he was granted the title of professor. He taught at the university until 2015 (the Studio of Creative Photography at the Faculty of Graphic Arts). At present, he teaches functional graphic arts in the VISTULA Finance and Business Academy in Warsaw.
He has presented his works in many individual exhibitions, including in Budapest, London, Lublin, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poznań, Stirling, Stockholm and Warsaw.
The most important prizes and disinctions: “Złota Szpilka” of the “Szpilki” satirical weekly, Warsaw, 1959; the golden medal at International Buchkunst Ausstellung, Leipzig, 1965; the 1st Prize at the Music Week Competition – 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1982; the “Piękniejsza Polska” award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, 2013; the golden Medal of Merits for Culture – Gloria Artis, 2013.
The artist uses various means of artistic expression, including graphic arts, photography, photomontage, and typical “easel” techniques. He seeks diverse systems of presentation; he creates works where the presentation elements are used sparsely as well as works almost boiling over with a multitude of motifs, and posters with typically typographic solutions. Rosław Szaybo experiments and seeks the most adequate manner of artistic expression for the topic at hand. He can be an artist with many faces. He is sometimes emotional and draws sketch-like outlines of the form; sometimes decorative – he plays with the artistic material, and sometimes cool and rational – he creates “signs” clean of emotions. He is an eclectic who draws on many cultural traditions, i.e. the past art, surrealism, or pop-art. His presentations of the world include elements of nostalgia, sensual fascination, sense of humour, matter-of-fact observation, fascination with decorative values of forms and interest in ugliness and mystery. He combines various stylistic conventions and systems of imagination. In that sense, Rosław Szaybo perfectly expresses the polyphony of aesthetic and ideological preferences of the modern world.