- born 1965
- born in Rzeszów
- lives and works in Rzeszów
- specialises in functional graphic arts, including posters, visual identification systems, illustrations, graphic design, medallic art and heraldry
“Regardless from the topic of a poster, it is always history that is the source for my ideas. That is where I search for archetypes and myths, symbols and metaphors, events, experiences, characters and props”.
He completed his art studies in 1990–1995 at the Graphic Arts Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He graduated with distinctions from the Poster Studio of Progfessor Piotr Kunce. Before that, he studied medicine at the Medical Academy in Krakow (1984–1990). At present, he is an associate professor at the Faculty of Art of the University of Rzeszow, where he is the head of the Graphic Design Studio II, and at the East European State University in Przemyśl.
He has had many individual and group exhibitions in Poland and abroad (Amman, Ankara, Baku, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bielsko-Biała, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Bucharest, Chaumont, Chicago, Jakarta, Genoa, Havana, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Katowice, Kiev, Krakow, La Paz, Lahti, Legnica, Lima, Limerick, Leipzig, London, Lausanne, Ljubljana, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Mexico City, Minsk, Mons, Moscow, Nuremberg, New York, Ōgaki, Paris, Beijing, Poznań, Przemyśl, Rabat, Rapperswill, Rzeszów, Rome, San Sebastián, Sarajevo, Seongnam, Sofia, Strasburg, Stratford, Taipei, Tehran, Toronto, Toyama, Trnava, Torino, Valentia, Warsaw, Wellington, Vienna and Zagreb).
The most important prizes and distinctions: a distninction in a competition for a poster commemorating the 70th anniversary of regaining independence, Legnica, 1988; a distinction in a Polish competition for a poster titled “Opposition for Democracy”, Poznań, 1989; the 1st Prize in a competition for an advertising poster for the “Czas Krakowski” daily, 1990; the 1st Prize and a distinction in a competition for a logo of the Regional Labour Office in Krakow, 1992; the 1st Prize in a competition for an anti-nicotine poster, Krakow, 1993; the 4th Prize at the 6th European Triennial of Political Posters, Mons, 1995; a distinction at the 3rd International Film Festival ETIUDA’96, 1996; the 1st Prize in a competition for a logo of Bielsko-Biała, 1996; a distinction in the Polish Competition of Advertising Publications IDEA’98, 1998; a distinction at the Krakow Poster Festival ’99, Krakow, 2000; the 1st Prize in a competition for a logo of the University of Rzeszów, 2001; a nomination to the title of the Most Beautiful Book of 2001 in the 42nd Competition of the Polish Association of Book Publishers, 2002; the 1st Prize in a competition for a logo of the 25th anniversary of Solidarność, 2004; a distinction in Taiwan International Poster Design Award, 2005; Wolda Professional Best of Poland Award, Milan, 2010.
The artist seeks inspiration in old art. His posters are a paraphrase and a pastiche of the cultural heritage inherited from the previous centuries. Those references are visible not only as allusions to stylistic codes but also in a creative penetration of the cultural richness of allegories, symbols, and metaphors, which are carriers of meanings imposed by culture and which have been given new original contents. Wiesław Grzegorczyk understands the specific character of various styles with great sensitivity and skill and creates perfect visual forms in the adopted manner. Apart from their aesthetic values, an important characteristic of his posters is a developed meaning, which is as important as the strictly formal layer of his works is.
Wiesław Grzegorczyk Gallery
More information about the artist: wieslaw.grzegorczyk.eu