- born 1975
- born in Jasło
- lives and works in Bytom
- specialises in applied graphics, including posters, visual identification systems, painting, illustrations and theatre
“The task of a poster is to talk… straight and to the point. It is a graphic shortcut of a mental shortcut”.
He has completed his art studies at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. He graduated in 2011 from the Poster Design Studio of Professor Roman Kalarus. Since 2003, he has worked in the Department of Graphic Design of the Art Institute in Cieszyn of the Silesian University of Katowice, where he has been an assistant professor since 2006. In 2012‒2013, he was a teacher at the Art Institute of the University of Opole.
He has presented his works in many individual and group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including in Barcelona, Berlin, Bochnia, Brno, Bytom, Kharkiv, Chorzów, Cieszyn, Colorado, Glasgow, Gliwice, Guilin, Hongkong, Jaworzno, Katowice, Krakow, Kuala Lumpur, Lahti, Legnica, Lublin, Łódź, Mashhada, Mons, Moscow, Ōgaki, Ostrava, Oświęcim, Pszczyna, Radzionkowo, Ratingen, Reading, Sapporo, Seul, Tczew, Tehran, Trnava, Torino, Tychy, Vasto, Warsaw, Wellington, Vilnius, Wrocław, Zabrze, Zurich, and Zilina.
The most important prizes and distinctions: Andrzej Tomiałojeć Award at the “SATYRYKON” International Satirical Drawing Exhibition, Legnica, 2002; a grant of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, 2009; a recognition at the TAMGA International Exhibition of Trademarks and Logotypes, Novosibirsk, 2010; Excellent Award Sapporo Asian Winter Games, Special Collaboration Poster Exhibition, Sapporo, 2017.
The system of Stefan Lechwar’s illustration reaches to the tradition of Dadaism and pop-art. The artist derives image elements from popular culture. He takes them out of their natural context and puts them into a neutral space; that gives them new meanings, which are supposed to be read by the viewer. The artist tries to eliminate expressive means of communication. Pictograms taken from mass culture and lettering elements in a typographic layout are usually given a shape of simple and outlined flat artistic forms. Their distinctive features include bright, loud, and infantile colours. The same manner of illustration is present in the works which use photography as a medium for artistic activities. Reproductions of fragments of reality, shown in an abstract context and a new semantic situation, reveal a multitude of ways to perceive and read the world which surrounds us. Works with a manual factor show a slightly different artistic expression. In the hurried shaping of forms, deprived of academic pedantry, an echo of expressionist artistic traditions of the 20th century may be heard. At the same time, those works show that the artistic search of Stefan Lechwar goes in two opposite directions. The future will show whether one of them would dominate or both would develop parallel to each other.
Stefan Lechwar Gallery
More information about the artist: cargocollective.com/lechwar