- born 1949
- born in Miediniszki, Lithuania
- lives and works in Warsaw
- specialises in poster design, graphic art, book illustration, drafts, painting, sculpture, scenography, photography and performance art
“The Lithuanian land, the Warsaw wind”.
In the years 1968 – 1973, he studied at the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius. The artist is of Lithuanian origins but has been residing in Poland since 1980. He acquired Polish nationality in 1996.
He has held numerous solo exhibitions in Poland (Koszalin, Cracow, Lublin, Olsztyn, Sandomierz, Sopot, Tarnów, Warsaw, Wrocław), Denmark (Aarhus), Finland (Mikkeli), France (Echirolles, Paris, Strasbourg), Japan (Aki, Sapporo, Tokyo, Otaru, Tokushima), Mexico (Mexico city, San Luis Potosí), Germany (Berlin, Güstrow, Leipzig, Nuremberg), United States (Ann Arbor, Chicago, New York), Switzerland (Basel, Le Locle, Neuchâtel), Sweden (Lund, Stockholm), Italy (Rome, Verona) and Lithuania (Kaunas, Panevéžys, Šiauliai, Vilnius).
The most important prizes and distinctions: Award of the President of the Council of Ministers for illustrations for children, 1984; a distinction, International Poster Competition, Bologna, 1985; Grand Prix, International Competition for Children’s Books’ Illustration, Barcelona, 1986; Gold Chignon, International Film Festival, Chicago, 1987; Award of the American Movie Critics for a movie poster to Janusz Kijowski’s “Maskarada”, 1988; Cyprian K. Norwid Award, Warsaw, 1988; Silver Medal, 2nd International Graphic Arts Exhibition, New York, 1988; Grand Prix, Poster Biennial, Lahti, 1989; Award of the “PAGART” Polish Art Agency, 1989; Award of the President of Warsaw, 1989; Bronze Medal at the 13th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1990; Sankei Children’s Book Award, 1992; Troisdorf Museum Award, 1992; Grand Prix Savignac ’93, International Poster Salon, Paris, 1993; Gold Medal of the Association of Illustrators in New York, 1993; a distinction, PTWK Most Beautiful Books of the Year Competition, 1993; PS IBBY Award, Book of the Year 1993; “Polityka” Magazine Passport for his life’s work, 1994; Gold Medal, 4th International Poster Triennial in Toyama, 1994; Gold Medal at 16th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1999; Order of Gediminas – Grand Duke of Lithuania, 2000; Lithuanian National Award in the Field of Culture and Arts, 2001; doctor honoris causa of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vilnius, 2009; Silver Medal for Merits to Culture – Gloria Artis, 2010.
The posters of Stasys Eidrigevicius are simply beautiful. His soft forms, often sfumato-like, the fairytale tone, and finally the enchanted world filled with poetic atmosphere and nostalgia depicted by the artist convey a highly suggestive artistic message, the origins of which we can trace back to symbolism and figurative surrealism. Idyllic landscapes featuring frightened figures, animals, objects and masks enchant the audience with the abundance of subtle metaphors and a suggestive emotional aura which emanates with sorrow and lyricism, co-creating a unique visual discourse on the essence of life.
Stasys Eidrigevicius Gallery
More information about the artist: eidrigevicius.com