Not so long ago, I came across a poster design by Rafal Olbinski and it got me thinking about my roots and how little I know about Polish poster design. Through some research, I uncovered an amazing world of art that was not known to me previously. I thought I’d share it with you here.
Henryk Tomaszewski is considered to be one of the most important Polish poster designers of all times. Thought of as the leader of the Polish Poster School, he was the most admired and most influential polish poster designer of the 20th century.
Swierzy’s innovative – and often controversial – work captured the art world’s attention and cast him at the centre of an exciting, evolving movement in graphic art during the latter part of the 20th century.
Mieczyslaw Wasilewski is an outstanding poster artist and professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. The vast majority of his works are spare, black-and-white drawings that accurately convey often complicated and difficult ideas.
Franciszek Starowieyski is one of the great polish poster designers, and also a painter, baroque calligrapher, television and theater scenographer, and as he likes to point out, a draftsman living in the 17th century.
Rafal Olbinski is a surrealist artist, prominent painter, illustrator and designer. He was born in Poland, and originally trained as an architect in Warsaw. In 1981 he emigrated to the US, where he worked as a painter, illustrator and designer. Since 1985 he has been a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.