Franciszek Starowieyski

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His work, it seems to be a window directly to a dream.

Franciszek has to be one of my favorite designers / artists. Out of every one of the designers and artists I have derived inspiration from, he is the only one that gives me that feeling of inspiration every time I look at his work. His strange compositions, use of hand lettering and bizarre figures gives me the drive to emulate him in one way or another. He has always seemed to have an other-worldly feel to his work, most of it seems to inhabit another plain of existence. It seems to be a window directly to a dream.

Franciszek Andrzej Bobola Biberstein-Starowieyski was born in 1930 and died in 2009, From ’49 to ’55 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and Warsaw and was a member of the AGI, an elite graphic artist club that has a limited number of members.  In New York in 1986 he became the first Polish artist to have a one man show at the MoMA.

AWARDS

  • 1973 – Award, International Biennale of the Arts, São Paulo (Brazil)
  • 1974 – Film poster award, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes (France)
  • 1974 – 2nd Prize, International Biennial of Posters, Warsaw (Poland)
  • 1978 – 2nd Prize, International Biennial of Posters, Warsaw (Poland)
  • 1979 – Gold Plaque, International Film Festival, Chicago (USA)
  • 1982 – Silver Hugo, Film poster competition
  • 2000 – 3rd Prize, International Biennial of Posters, Warsaw (Poland)

I have been hard pressed to find information about he and his work but below are some links to poster websites where you can view his work as well as a polish website with english translation that gives a great overview of his life and accomplishments.

The viewer expects the artist to scandalize, insult and shock them. I want to create a world which is independent from our notions of humanity.”

Culture.pl Article

MoMA Show

Polish Poster Website – this one has most of his work

Polish Poster Website 2

 

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