© Tadeusz Baranowski
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Antresolka profesorka Nerwosolka | Page from the “Antresolka profesorka Nerwosolka” album with professor Nerwosolek and his housekeeper, Entomologia Motylkowska. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Świat Młodych, 1981; the first album edition: MAW 1985. | 1979

Tadeusz Baranowski

  • born 1945
  • born in Zamość
  • he lives and creates his works in Warsaw
  • he specializes in illustrations, comics, painting and functional graphic arts

“But, Chief, why Chief… It is me who should apologise.”

He studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1969, he graduated from prof. Artur Nacht-Samborski and prof. Aleksander Kobzdej’s Study of Illustration, Posters and Graphic Arts. He has participated in exhibitions in Poland and abroad, including in Helsinki, Berlin, Warsaw, Lublin and Sopot.

The most important publications: “Na co dybie w wielorybie czubek nosa Eskimosa” (story and art), Młodzieżowa Agencja Wydawnicza (MAW), 1980; “Skąd się bierze woda sodowa” (story and art), MAW, 1983; “Antresolka profesorka Nerwosolka” (story and art), MAW, 1985; “Podróż smokiem Diplodokiem” (story and art), MAW, 1986; Jacques Brel, “J’arrive” (four pages for the song titled “Quand on n’a que l’amour”), International © Brain Factory Ltd., 1987; “Orient Men, Forewer” (story and art), Egmont, 2002; “Tffffuj, do bani z takim komiksem” (story and art), Orient Men i Spółka, 2005; “Na wypadek wszelki, Woda, Soda i Bąbelki (oraz Kudłaczki) ” (story and art), Ongrys, 2010.

The most important awards and distinctions: two distinctions in the easel painting competition in Łódź, 1972; Bronze Cross of Merit for the new colourful graphic scheme for “Świat Młodych”. 1976; Gold Audience and Reviewers’ Medal in the comics festival in Belgium, 1989; Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, 2007.

The most recognizable features of Tadeusz Baranowski’s style include expressive and rounded strokes, overdrawn characters and vivid water colours. What is also characteristic of his comics is alive and rich flora and fauna, whose representatives are often characters of his surrealistic and humorous stories.
Baranowski’s comics illustrations cannot be discussed without mentioning their linguistic aspects and composition.
His multi-layer sense of humour, which is non-translatable into other languages, includes not only absurd linguistic jokes present in dialogues, which became permanent elements of pop culture, but also visual jokes consisting in plays with the comics convention and the page composition. The artist blurs the borderlines between the world of comics and the page, between characters and readers as well as between the characters and the author. The characters are aware that they are comics characters and that there is the author present; they often talk to him and try to influence the story by demanding specific adventures. Baranowski often treats elements of the comics, which are usually “transparent” and do not belong to the world of cartoon, as fragments of a drawing. Readers are drawn into the depicted world by a panel which the characters may leave or by letters which they may touch. Owing to the interactions between the characters and such elements, the artist achieves an effect of three-dimensionality, which is not typical for comics.
Although Baranowski’s cartoons are addressed at younger readers, it is only adults that may understand all linguistic jokes and observe elements in a panel frame which bring additional meanings to the story.

Tadeusz Baranowski Gallery

© Tadeusz Baranowski | Porady Praktycznego Pana | Episode from the “Porady Praktycznego Pana” album. A comic rather for adults. The first version of that character’s adventures was published in episodes in the “Razem” magazine in 1977 as “Razem z praktycznym panem. Kącik porad praktycznych”. This page is from a new modified edition published by Egmont. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Egmont, 2003. | 2002
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Porady Praktycznego Pana | Episode from the “Porady Praktycznego Pana” album. A comic rather for adults. The first version of that character’s adventures was published in episodes in the “Razem” magazine in 1977 as “Razem z praktycznym panem. Kącik porad praktycznych”. This page is from a new modified edition published by Egmont. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Egmont, 2003. | 2002
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Bezdomne wampiry | Page from the album about vampires Szlurp and Burp. Originally published in Tintin, a Belgium magazine (no. 26/1986). | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Tintin, 1986; Kultura Gniewu, 2012 (album version). | 1985
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Bezdomne wampiry | Page from the album about vampires Szlurp and Burp. Originally published in Tintin, a Belgium magazine (no. 26/1986). | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Tintin, 1986; Kultura Gniewu, 2012 (album version). | 1985
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Na wypadek wszelki woda, soda i Bąbelki (oraz Kudłaczki) | Page from the “Na wypadek wszelki woda, soda i Bąbelki” album published by the author, with characters called Bąbelek and Kudłaczek. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Ongrys, 2010. | 2007
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Na wypadek wszelki woda, soda i Bąbelki (oraz Kudłaczki) | Page from the “Na wypadek wszelki woda, soda i Bąbelki” album published by the author, with characters called Bąbelek and Kudłaczek. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Ongrys, 2010. | 2007
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Orient Men, Forewer na zawsze | Episode from the album presenting Orient Men, the first Polish superhero. Here, the album version, Egmont 2002. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Świat Młodych, 1978. | 1976
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Orient Men, Forewer na zawsze | Episode from the album presenting Orient Men, the first Polish superhero. Here, the album version, Egmont 2002. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Świat Młodych, 1978. | 1976
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Skąd się bierze woda sodowa | Episode from the “Skąd się bierze woda sodowa” album with Kudłaczek and Bąbelek. The comic was originally published in Świat Młodych in 1976 (in a different version). | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: MAW, 1982. | 1980
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Skąd się bierze woda sodowa | Episode from the “Skąd się bierze woda sodowa” album with Kudłaczek and Bąbelek. The comic was originally published in Świat Młodych in 1976 (in a different version). | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: MAW, 1982. | 1980
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Tffffuj! Do bani z takim komiksem! | Further adventures of professor Nerwosolek. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Orient Men i Spółka, 2005. | 2005
© Tadeusz Baranowski | Tffffuj! Do bani z takim komiksem! | Further adventures of professor Nerwosolek. | Story: Tadeusz Baranowski. | Published by: Orient Men i Spółka, 2005. | 2005

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