Waldemar Świerzy  

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Waldemar Świerzy (c. 1931 – 27 November 2013) was a Polish artist.

Born in Katowice, Poland, he graduated from the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts in 1952. He subsequently was Professor in the University of Fine Arts in Poznań from 1965 and Professor in the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw since 1994.

In 1992 the government of Poland issued a postage stamp to honor one of his Cyrk posters, 'Clown with derby' in 1992. Swierzy is one of the Polish School of Posters’ most prolific artists (created over 2500 posters).

He employed unusual concepts with a variety of techniques, frequently mirroring Polish social history from 1950s through 1980s. with a myriad of styles: folk art from the 50s, pop art from the 60s, portraits from the 70s, & TV images from the 80s In addition, his Jazz Greats series of famous American jazz personalities became so well known that he reissued them in his later years as signed lithographs. The series includes: Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Charles Mingus & Charlie Parker among others.

Major awards

1956 - Tadeusz Trepkowski Prize, Warsaw, PL

1959, 1962 - 1st (Toulouse-Lautrec) Prize -1st & 3rd International Film Posters Exhibition, Versailles, FR

1961, 1962, 1963, 1966 August -”Best Poster of the Month": 1968, 1971, 1972, 1975 February -”Best Poster of the Month”, 1976, 1980, 1983, 1988 -”Best Poster of the Year”, Warsaw’s Best Poster Competition, PL

1964 - 1st Prize -Film Poster, “Poster of the Year”, Copenhagen, DK

1965 - 1st Prize, 1971-1st Prize, 1975-1st Prize, 1977-2nd Prize, 1985-1st Prize, 1987-2nd Prize, 1989-1st Prize -Polish Poster Biennale, Katowice, PL

1967, 1971 - Award, Posters -Polish Ministry of Culture & Art, Warsaw, PL

1970 - 1st Prize -X Art Biennale di Sao Paulo, BR

1972 - 2nd Prize, 1976 -1st Prize -4th & 6th International Poster Biennale, Warsaw, PL

1975 - 1st Prize, 1980 -2nd Prize, 1985-1st Prize -Key Art Award, Posters -The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles

1977 - 1st Prize -II Poster Biennale, Lahti, FI

1985 – 1st Prize in the Annual Film Poster Competition of “The Hollywood Reporter”, Los Angeles

1985 - 1st, 3rd Prize -”Jazzpo”, International Jazz Poster Exhibition, Bydgoszcz, PL

Major Exhibitions

1960 – Galerie in der Biberstrasse; Vienna, Austria

1964 – Documenta Kassel; Kassel; Germany

1978 – Poster Museum Wilanow; Warsaw, Poland

1980 – Poliforum Sigueros; Mexico City, Mexico

1982 – Galerie Oxe; Copenhagen, Denmark

1989 – Taldemuseo; Lahti, Finland

1991 – Creation Gallery GB, Tokyo, Japan

1993 – Festival de l'Affiche, Chaumont, France

2000 – Plakat Kunsf Hof; Essen, Germany

2001 – Museum of Contemporary Art; Tehran, Iran

2002 – Muzeum Miasta Wroclawia; Wroclaw, Poland

Member - Alliance Graphique International [AGI] since 1965.

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