Zdzisław Kudła

About artist

6 lipca 1937

Born on July 6, 1937 in Wesoła in Poland's region of Subcarpathia; degree in painting under Professor Czesław Rzepiński (1963) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków; associated with the Studio of Animated Films in Bielsko-Biała; director, screenwriter and set designer of animated films, painter. He has created 26 animated films for both adults and children, and co-produced many more.
Long-serving president of the District Association of Polish Visual Artists in Bielsko-Biała, member of the Polish Filmmakers Association, president of the PFA branch in Bielsko-Biała (1971-1975); long-serving director of the Animated Film Studio in Bielsko-Biała (1993-2010).

In addition to children's cartoons (including a few episodes of the popular Bolek i Lolek series distributed in English as Bennie and Lennie), he has also created a wealth of powerful experimental material for adult audiences, including Syzyf [Sisyphus] (1970), Bruk [cobblestones] (1971), Szum lasu [murmur of the forest] (1972), Kwiat [flower] (1973), Impas [impasse] (1975),  Kat [executioner] (1977), Karaluch. Blatta Orientalis [Cockroach. Blatta Orientalis] (1987, with Franciszek Pyter) and ...ergo sum (2004, with Andrzej Orzechowski).

Winner of numerous awards at film festivals in Poland and abroad for screenplay, directing, animation and visual design, including solo awards for the animated film Porwanie w Tiutiurlistanie [Kidnapping in Tintinating] (1986). In 2009, he teamed up with Andrzej Orzechowski to direct Gwiazda Kopernika (Copernicus' Star) which won awards at the film festivals in Yerevan (Armenia, 2010), and in Łódź and Tehran (Poland and Iran, 2011). Winner of the Minister of Culture and Art Award, the Polish Filmmakers Association Award for lifetime artistic achievements (2011), the Bielsko-Biała Polish Artists Association (ZPAP) Award for lifetime achievements on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of ZPAP and 65th anniversary of the ZPAP branch in Bielsko-Biała (2015); nominated for the Mayor of the City of Bielsko-Biała Award in the field of Culture and Art "Icarus" (2001, 2014), the "Icarus" Award for lifetime achievement (2016); the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture - Gloria Artis presented by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2017).


Zdzisław Kudła

Flower fern forest

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