- born 1949
- born in Jeleń
- lives and works in Krakow
- specialises in graphic design, including posters, books, signs and traditional graphic arts
“Self-restriction maximizes the impact of a poster”.
In 1968–1974, he completed his art studies at the Faculty of Industrial Forms at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He graduated from the Department of Visual Communications, the studio of Professor Ryszard Otręba. Having graduated, he started working at the Academy. He was a Vice-Dean (1988–1990) and Dean (1990–1993) of the Faculty; he also worked as a Vice-President of the Academy (1993–1996). In 1997–2002, he was the head of the Department of Visual Communications; at present, he is the head of the Studio of Visual Communications Design at that Department.
He has presented his works at several dozen individual exhibitions in Antofagasta, Helsinki, Jaworzno, Krakow, Košice, Nowy Sącz, Pau, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Sofia, Toulouse, Warsaw and Żylin, and in many group exhibitions held in Poland and abroad, including in Brno, Katowice, Krakow, Ljubljana, Łódź, Ōgaki, Oświęcim, Poznań, Toruń, Trnava, Sofia, Warsaw
The most important prizes and distinctions: the bronze medal at the 5th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1977; Grand Prix at the 19th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1985; a joint award at the International Exhibition of Graphic Design, Zgraf, Zagreb, 1987; the bronze medal at the 10th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1987; two recognitions at the International Biennial of Bio Industrial Design, Ljubljana, 1988; Master’s Eye Award at the International Poster Triennial, Trnava, 1994; a recognition at the International Graphic Arts Biennial, Bhopal, 1995; the gold medal at the 15th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 1997; the 1st Prize at the International Triennial of Theatre Posters, Sofia, 1998; the gold medal at the 18th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2003; the 2nd Prize at the 3rd International Social and Political Poster Biennial, 2010; the bronze medal at the 24th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2015; the golden medal at the 25th Polish Poster Biennial, Katowice, 2017.
Władysław Pluta sets high standards. He assumes it is necessary that a viewer is involved intellectually in the perception of artistic structures created by an artist. He seeks an order and purpose for the artistic task at hand. This process of reaching the systematization and classification of the selected set of elements is the most important aspect of artistic creation for him. It is expressed most completely in a series of specific works which reveals the idea of an artistic form through structure. It is owing to a series that a viewer may find the governing rules and, in that sense, read into the internal formal sense of the series more deeply and de-code its logics in the manner of completing assumed functional and informational tasks. That way of understanding creation puts the artist within the scope of influence of functionalism and constructivism. Władysław Pluta rejects the illustrative and expressive convention adopted by the main current of the Polish school of poster. Following artists of constructivist avant-garde, he seeks a universal and timeless artistic language, which enables one to build economical and reserved forms, which are internally artistically
logical and functionally adequate.