Zenobiusz Zwolski

About artist

Born
16.10.1916
Died
25.03.1996


Born in Palonki near Busko in 1916 and died in Katowice-Ochojec in 1996. A graduate of the State Teacher Training College in Sosnowiec and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He started his studies in 1936 under Professor Władyslaw Jarocki. After the war he continued his education under the tutelage of Professor Hanna Rudzka-Cybisowa and Professor Jerzy Fedkowicz and obtained his diploma in Painting in 1951.
He was a painter and graphic designer who rendered great service to Bielsko-Biala as an organizer and promoter of the local artistic community. He co-founded (with Jerzy Zitzman) the original puppet theatre that later became the Banialuki Theatre and the originator of the idea of building the Pavilion of Visual Artists or what is today known as Galeria Bielska BWA.
His paintings were influenced by the Colourist movement. The only artistic trend that he recognized and followed was Realism. The favourite motif of his paintings was Silesian Beskid landscapes showing winter scenes with melting snow and mountain streams. He painted them on location together with his colleagues from the Beskid Group. He was also interested in the customs of the inhabitants of the Beskidy Mountains (see his series Żywiec Nuptials and Carollers). On occasion he also painted urban landscapes. His pictures showing the backstreets of Bielsko will always retain a somewhat melancholic quality. He also painted portraits of his friends and his wife and daughter.
Zenobiusz Zwolski participated in exhibitions of the Beskid Group and the Zagłębie Group and dozens of other exhibitions shown in Poland, Czechoslovakia and France. He received many awards, prizes and honorary mentions including the Ondraszek Award (1968), the Second Prize at the Beskid Autumn Exhibition of Plein-Air Paintings (1974), the First Prize and an honorary mention in the Landings Competition (1976) and the Julian Fałat Easel Award (1981). He was presented with a number of state awards including the Silver Cross of Merit (1973) and the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1987).

Works

Zenobiusz Zwolski

Bielsko - Stair at ul. Wł. Sikorskiego

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Zenobiusz Zwolski

Self-portrait

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Zenobiusz Zwolski

Portrait of Michał Kwaśny

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