- born 1973
- born in Świerczyn
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in posters, publishing graphics, logotypes and drawing
„2B or not 2B”.
In the years 1994‒1999, he studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1999, he obtained a diploma with distinctions in the Publishing Graphics Design Studio of Professor Lech Majewski. In 1997, he studied in Schule für Gestaltung in St. Gallen in Switzerland. In the years 1997–1999, he was an assistant at his home university in the Poster Design Studio of Professor Mieczysław Wasilewski and, in the years 2000–2006 – in the Publishing Graphics Design Studio of Professor Lech Majewski. In the years 2003–2004, he received a scholarship of Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia Bamberg. Since 2006, he has been conducting classes at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the Lettering Studio and the Typography Foundations Studio as well as the Miami Advertising School in Warsaw, Warsaw School of Information Technology and the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. He is also the owner of a graphic studio – Zerkaj Studio.
He has had several individual exhibitions, e.g. in Bamberg, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Munich, Olkusz, Sofia, Warsaw and Włocławek. He has also taken part in many group exhibitions in Poland (Toruń, Katowice, Krakow and Warsaw) as well as abroad (Brussels, Essen, Hong Kong, Lahti, Mexico Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Toyama, Trnava and Turin).
The most important prizes and distinctions: 1st prize in the competition for the “Air and Water” poster, Department of Art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, 1998; 1st place in the competition for the 17th Torino Film Festival, Turin, 1999; 1st place in the competition for a poster Crossing Borders – International Studies, Deutsches Studentenwerk, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Warsaw/Bonn, 1999; the Honorary Award of Józef Mroszczak at the 18th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2002; the Prize of the Rector of the University of Silesia at the 18th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2003; the main prize in the international competition for a poster promoting the Year of Gombrowicz, Ateneum Foundation, 19th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2004; the Assen Stareyshinski Award for a young designer at the 4th Stage Poster Triennial, Sofia, 2004; silver medal at the 19th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2005; 1st place in the competition for a Chopin poster, Sophisti, Warsaw, 2009; an honorary mention in the special category “Chopin anew” at the 22nd International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2010; a prize in the competition for the poster “Chopin–Zene–Liszt”, the Polish Institute in Budapest, 2010; Taiwan International Graphic Design Award 2011; Gold Award Graphis Poster Annual 2012; a medal commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of polonium and radium for the poster “PoRa Na Marię”, the Tribute to Maria Skłodowska-Curie Association, Warsaw, 2013.
The posters of Ryszard Kajzer are characterised by huge freedom of artistic gesture. The forms are built with a sketching line duct or vigorous colour patches. They have a huge load of expression obtained through hand-sketched shapes – signs and letters – laconic and free, colour patches which are washed or strongly saturated and deprived of value. The expressive value is strengthened with the colour structure based on a strong contrast, usually a dissonant one. There is freshness, laconism and simplicity of quick shaping of the message characteristic for “street art”. The play with words and signs as well as the accurate, expressive concept are of utmost importance.
Ryszard Kajzer Gallery
More information about the artist: zerkajstudio.pl