Wojciech Fangor

(1922 - 2015)

Wojciech Fangor

Biography

Born in 1922 in Warsaw. He graduated from the local Akademia Sztuk Pięknych (Academy of Fine Arts) in 1946. Earlier he had been studying under the direction of Pruszkowski and Kowarski. During popularity of socialist realism in Poland, he was creating his art in accordance with  prevailing trend (Korean Mother, 1951; Lenin in Poronin, 1951). Fangor was a co-founder of Polska Szkoła Plakatu (Polish School of Posters). Since the mid-50s' he has been painting in abstract manner. In 1958, together with Stanislaw Zamecznik, he set Study of Space - first environmental work of art in Poland. In 1966 he emigrated to the United States, where, as an only Pole, had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum. Until the mid-70s', he experimented with abstract art, creating op-art compositions. He depicted fuzzy waves and circles in pulsating colours that created optical illusions. Then, he returned to figurative painting, still engaging in the issues of perception and space. Following the TV screen shots, he painted series of images with texture reminiscent of pixels.
In 1999 he returned to Poland, lives and works in the village Błędy, near Grójec.