Czesław Wieczorek

About artist

Born
1.07.1931
Born in Zawiercie, 1931; studied under Professor Rafał Pomorski at the Katowice Faculty of Graphic Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, from which he graduated in 1958; since 1960 a member of the Polish Association of Visual Artists; a founding member a group of young artists known by the name Grupa 66; specializes in painting and applied art. After graduation he worked at the Katowice Provincial Cultural Centre and as a graphics editor at the Mining and Metallurgy Publishing House (later renamed the Śląsk Publishing House). What makes his works stand apart from those by other artists is the fact that they are marked by great sensitivity of perception and the ability to capture contemporary reality and transpose it onto canvass. They express an ongoing protest on the part of the artist, who remains disobedient, still unable to accept reality. In terms of visual forms the style of his painting is somewhat reminiscent of Old Church Slavonic icons. However, the subject matter of his works is completely different and marked by allegorical and apocalyptic themes such as the aftermath of World War II, the Holocaust and the bitter irony of what we witness in contemporary events. The visual layout of his works is also marked by an original, easily recognizable style, which is distinguished by a clear and slightly stylized form, which the artist is able to accentuate by employing the high relief technique (matches stuck to canvas). The bold and intense colours of his style perfectly complement his compositions. He has presented his works at numerous exhibitions in Poland including the National Exhibition of Young Visual Artists in Sopot (1965), where he received the Third Prize, the John Spychalski Polish National Competition of Painting in Poznań (1985), the Festival of Polish Contemporary Painting held at the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes; many editions of the “Bielska Jesień” Polish National Painting Competition held at Galeria Bielska BWA (1983, 1989, 1993, 1995), the 14th Polish Festival of Contemporary Painting in Szczecin (1988), and also all exhibitions of the Bielsko Branch of the Polish Association of Visual Artists, during which he has received numerous prizes and honorary mentions, including the Special Prize for the best portfolio of paintings at the Association’s exhibition organized in 1980. He has participated in many international exhibitions including Montluçon in France (1983), an exhibition in Lilienthal, Germany (1986) and the exhibition “Works by Bielsko’s Visual Artists in the Collections of Galeria Bielska BWA” held at the Congress Palace in Wolfsburg (1994).

Works

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Manor House

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Ukase

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Jedwabne

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Saint

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Świętokrzyski Monk

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Alcoholic

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Portrait of a Woman

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Portrait of a Man in a Hat

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UPA

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Male Portrait

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Frozen in Time

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