© Wiesław Rosocha
© Wiesław Rosocha | Restless and Craze... Spanish and Polish Posters | Poster Museum in Wilanów | 2012

Wiesław Rosocha

  • born 1945
  • born in Sokołów Podlaski
  • lives and works in Warsaw
  • specialises in posters, illustration and drawings

“Taking this excellent opportunity, I would like to report that since the beginning of my professional life, I have been creating private works for public money”.

He studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the Painting Studio of Professor Eugeniusz Markowski and then of Professor Jerzy Tchórzewski. He graduated in 1974 from the Poster Studio of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski. In 1975–1978, he worked at that Academy as an assistant teacher at the Painting Studio of Teresa Pągowska.

He has presented his works at individual and group exhibitions, including in Berlin, Budapest, Helsinki, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Tokyo, Toyama, Warsaw and Vilnius.

The most important prizes and distinctions: the Main Prize in the PTWK Competition for the Most Beautiful Books of the Year, 1981; the Main Prize in the PTWK Competition for the Most Beautiful Books of the Year, 1985; gold medal at the 6th Poster Biennial, Lahti, 1985; gold medal at the 6th International Exhibition of The Art Directors Club, New York, 1992; Józef Mroszczak Award at the 15th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 1996; Grand Prix of the 1st Illustration Biennial, Aki Town, 2001; bronze Medal of Merit for Culture – Gloria Artis, 2005; Yusaku Kamekura International Design Award at the 8th International Poster Triennial, Toyama, 2006; silver medal at the 20th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice,  2007; silver medal at the 9th International Poster Triennial, Toyama, 2009; gold medal at the 24th International Poster Biennial, Warsaw, 2014; gold medal at the 11th International Poster Triennial, Toyama, 2015.

The artist creates his posters using “easel” techniques. His main means of artistic expression include a line outlining a form, creating a sterile drawing, and a local colour, which is often bright and devoid of valorisation. Lettering elements are put in at the printing stage. A clear composition is constructed using a central artistic sign, built by freely putting together elements which are originally heterogeneous to each other and which usually refer to a human being. In the works by Wiesław Rosocha, a clash occurs between the rational composition which may be referred to the artistic tradition of European constructivism and the sphere of meanings carried by artistic forms derived from expressionist trends, with their oneiric imagination, secrecy, sensuality, and perversion. That clash of two separate systems, i.e. the expressive and anthropological system (Dadaism, surrealism) and the rationalist one (constructivism, supremacism), creates the individual style of the artist.

Wiesław Rosocha Gallery

© Wiesław Rosocha | Theatre of the Eighth Day | Theatre of the Eighth Day in Poznań | 2013
© Wiesław Rosocha | Theatre of the Eighth Day | Theatre of the Eighth Day in Poznań | 2013
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hector Berlioz – La damnation de Faust | Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz | 2015
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hector Berlioz – La damnation de Faust | Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz | 2015
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hommage à Henryk Tomaszewski | Self edition | 2009
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hommage à Henryk Tomaszewski | Self edition | 2009
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hommage à Henryk Tomaszewski | Self edition | 2009
© Wiesław Rosocha | Hommage à Henryk Tomaszewski | Self edition | 2009
© Wiesław Rosocha | Thou shalt not kill | Self edition | 2005
© Wiesław Rosocha | Thou shallt not kill | Self edition | 2005
© Wiesław Rosocha | Thou shalt not kill | Self edition | 2005
© Wiesław Rosocha | Thou shallt not kill | Self edition | 2005
© Wiesław Rosocha | Symphonic concert | Poznań Philharmonic | 2006
© Wiesław Rosocha | Symphonic concert | Poznań Philharmonic | 2006

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