He was born in 1954 in the Polish town of Krynki. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the Faculty of Interior Architecture. In 1979 he graduated with honours. He is a painter and scenographer.

He had around forty solo painting exhibitions, e.g.:

 

- Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, 1981, 1984, 1985

- Studio Gallery, Warsaw 1984

- Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw 1984

- Test Gallery, Warsaw 1986, 1992, 2003

- Art Exhibition Office (BWA) in Łomża, 1986

- Art Exhibition Office (BWA) in Wrocław, 1987

- Dom Sztuki, Warsaw 1989, 1998

- Dijkstra Gallery, Amsterdam 1990

- Brama Gallery, Warsaw 1991

- Bonar Gallery, Łomża 1998

- Pulawska Gallery of Art, 2002

- W Starym Domu Gallery, Legionowo 2002

- Białystok Culture Centre, Białystok 2003

- The House of Creative Work, Wigry 2003

- SD Gallery, Warsaw 2005

- Lufcik Gallery, Warsaw 2005

- EL Gallery, Elbląg 2006

- Spodki Gallery, Białystok 2007

- Communal Culture and Recreation Centre, Krynki 2008

- Białystok Puppet Theatre Gallery, Białystok 2008

- Pod Arkadami Gallery, Łomża 2013

- Test Gallery, Warsaw 2013

- "Reymontówka" Rest House for Scientists and Artists, Chlewiska 2013

- DOM Gallery in Sokołów Culture Centre, Sokołów Podlaski 2013

- Przestrzeń Sztuk Gallery, Siedlce 2013

- SD Gallery, Warsaw 2014

- Mozaika Gallery, the Powszechny Theatre in Radom, 2014

- The Gallery of Tarnobrzeg Culture Centre, Tarnobrzeg 2014

 

He participated in numerous group exhibitions of Polish painting, both in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Czechoslovakia, Austria, the USA, Japan, Bulgaria, Qatar, Italy, France, Lithuania and Ukraine.

He has received numerous awards and recognition, e.g.:

 

  • The second prize at the 37th National Winter Art Salon in Radom in 1984
  • The third prize at the 12th J. Spychalski National Painting Competition in Poznań in 1987
  • The Talens Award in 2004
  • The first and the fourth prize in the competition “The Painting and Sculpture of the Season in Warsaw" in 2007
  • Honourable mention in the competition “The Painting and Sculpture of the Year in Warsaw” in 2007
  • Two honourable mentions in the competition “The Painting and Sculpture of the Season in Warsaw" in 2007

 

He has designed scenography for around 70 theatre plays. Between 1991 and 2003 he was a scenographer at the Wierszalin Theatre, with which he became a three-time winner of the Fringe First award at the biggest European Theatre Festival in Edinburgh. He has worked with puppet and drama theatres all over Poland for many years. He has received numerous individual awards in the field of scenography, e.g.:

 

  • The first prize for the scenography of “Roll-a-Pea” (pl. “Turlajgroszek”) by P. Tomaszuk and T. Słobodzianek and for “John the Mysterious" (pl. “Jan Tajemnik") at the 15th National Festival of Puppet Theatres in Opole in 1991
  • The second prize for the scenography of “The Giant” (pl. “Olbrzym”) by P. Dorin at the 17th National Festival of Puppet Theatres in Opole in 1995
  • The first prize for the scenography of “The Physician” (pl. “Medyk”) and “The Dimwit” (pl. “Głup”) by P. Tomaszuk at the 3rd Puppet Theatre Festival in Toruń in 1996
  • The first prize for the scenography of “The Physician” (pl. “Medyk”) by P. Tomaszuk at the 17th National Festival of Puppet Theatres in Opole in 1997
  • The award for the scenography of “Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia” by L. Kołakowski at the National Competition of Polish Contemporary Art in 1998
  • Honourable mention for the scenography of “The Sacrifice of Wilgefortis” of the Wierszalin Theatre directed by P. Tomaszuk at the International Puppet Theatre Festival in Toruń in 2002
  • The award in the field of scenography at the International Festival of Visual Arts “Animacje” in Bielsko-Biała in 2002

 

In 2010 he received the silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, awarded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

 

In 2013 he received the Henryk Award granted by the Association of Polish Stage Artists.

 

Exhibitions and awards

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