Jan Grabowski

About artist

Born
7.12.1912
Died
11.06.1998
Born in Kęty in 1912 and died in Bielsko-Biała in 1998; adopted the artistic pseudonym Grab; a graduate of the Bielsko School of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków; studied under the tutelage of Professor Zbigniew Pronaszka; obtained a diploma in Painting in 1955; painted easel paintings (Beskidian landscape, figurative scenes and portraits) and mural paintings; also created works of graphic art and sculptures. In 1967 he went on an artistic journey to visit Southern Europe. He created numerous polychromes on religious themes that can be found in churches mainly in the south of the Poland, including such locations as Jeleśnia, Bielsko-Biała, Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Lublin, Międzylesie, Pewla Mała near Żywiec, Wilamowice and also Wrocław and Stawiguda in the region of Warmia. His monuments and sculptures adorn public spaces inside and outside of hospitals, libraries, schools, squares and parks in many cities and towns, including Bielsko-Biała, Wilamowice, Zator and Katowice. In his compositions he experimented with the use of non-painting materials. He was a member of the Bielsko Branch of the Polish Association of Visual Artists and a co-founder of the Beskid Group, who participated in all of its exhibitions and in numerous expositions in both Poland and other countries. Recipient of many awards and honorary mentions, including the Julian Falat Easel Award (1977; an award presented by the Beskid Socio-Cultural Association), two awards at the “Bielska Jesień” National Painting Competition (1968 and 1977), the Third Prize in the “Picture of the Year” Competition organized by the Bielsko Branch of the Polish Association of Visual Artists (1979), the G. Morcinek Prize (1984, presented by the Epoka Publishing House), and the Icarus Award of the Mayor of Bielsko-Biała (1994). He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1995).

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Jan Grabowski

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