Wieslaw Walkuski, born in 1956, studied from 1976 to 1981 on The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, painting under prof. Teresa Pagowska, and graphic design under prof. Maciej Urbaniec. During the 80s he worked with many Warsaw, book publishers, theatres, and film distributors Polfilm and Film Polski. Since 1987, as an independent artist, he’s been making art posters, illustrations and paintings. He’s published over 250 posters and is considered to be one of the greatest contemporary art poster artists in the world. Yet he’s first and foremost a painter, and what he likes to note is that he works exclusively with the classical painting technique.
He currently lives, and works in Warsaw.
Important honours:
– Hollywood Reporter „Key Art. Awards”, Los Angeles, 1st prize 1988, 2nd prize 1990
– Chicago Film Festiwal, 1st prize 1986, 2nd prize 1983, 2nd prize 1988
– International Poster Biennale, Mexico, 2nd prize 1990
– Art. Directors Club, New York, 2nd prize 1992
– International Theatre Poster Biennale, Rzeszów, 3rd prize 1993
– International Poster Festival, Chaumont, France, 3rd prize 1996
– International Theatre Poster Competition, Osnabrück, Germany, 3rd prize 1997
– 20 Year Celebration of John Paul II’s Pontificate Closed Poster Competition, 1st prize 1998
– Polish Poster Biennale, Katowice, Grand Prix 1997, 2nd prize 2001
Many worldwide individual, and group exhibitions. Works in private and museum collections.