Andrzej Urbanowicz

About artist


Born in Vilnius, 1938, died in 2011 in Szklarska Poręba; studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (1956-58) and at the Katowice Branch of Kraków’s Academy of Fine Arts (1958-62). In the early 1960s he took part in initiatives promoted by Marian Bogusz (e.g. 1st Plein-Air Workshop in Osieki or his solo exhibition at Galeria Krzywe Koło held in 1963). In 1964 he began to shift his interest to symbolic representations. He started studying Western esotericism and symbology. A co-founder of the Oneiron Circle in Katowice (1967). During that time he was active in promoting independent art at such venues as Galeria Śląska, Galeria Katowice and during three editions of the Katowice Meeting of Artists and Art Theorists. In the 1970s he was involved in Buddhist underground publishing activities. In 1974 Andrzej Urbanowicz and Urszula Broll founded the first Zen community in Poland. In 1978 he moved to the United States. There he received a scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation (1979) and staged nine solo exhibitions in New York. After returning to Poland in 1991, he presented an exhibition at Katowice BWA showing a large series of paintings reminiscent of his early psychedelic period of artistic creativity. In 2000 Katowice BWA was also home to another of his exhibitions entitled “Splendor Solis” where he presented a new series of his paintings. Since 2007 he has been working on a series entitled Letters to Eros in which he uses Gesture Painting methods and mysterious talisman compositions. He engages in a variety of activities related to painting, graphics, performances and paratheatre. He writes essays on subjects combining the fields of art and culture theory, on which he also gives lectures. He is the President of the Society of Bellmer, which he founded in 2000. Another leader of the Society of Bellmer, an organization cultivating the Surrealist tradition, is Małgorzata Borowska. His works can be found in the collections of the Warsaw National Museum, the Poznań National Museum, the Łódź Museum of Art, the Upper Silesia Museum in Bytom, the Silesian Museum in Katowice and other museums and collections in both Poland and other countries.


Andrzej Urbanowicz


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