Zdzislaw Beksinski

(1929 - 2005)

Zdzislaw Beksinski

Biography

Painter, graphic artist, photographer, graduated from Wydział Architektury Politechniki Krakowskiej (the Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology). During his studies his interests turned to artistic photography. He also became a member of The Association of Polish Art Photographers. In 1958 his photographies were presented at several exhibitions in Warszawa, Gliwice and Poznań. At this time, he practiced painting and drawing, as well as sculpture at the beginning of the 60s. In 1959 he took part in prestigious 3rd Exhibition of Modern Art in Zachęta Gallery in Warszawa. His works were also showed during the AICA Congress in Kraków. An exhibition of huge importance for the future artistic career of Beksiński was an exposition at the Old Orangery in 1964, which commercially succeed. At the first phase of his artistic work, apart from photographies, Beksiński created abstract reliefs and sculptures. Gradually abandoning abstraction, he focused his interests on figurative and expressive painting. At the beginning of the 70s', Beksiński radically abandoned the avant-garde, and started to exhibit his landscapes and figurative paintings belonging to so-called fantastic period of his work. The next step of Beksińskis' work was photomontage and digital graphics.