Jan Lenica

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Jan Lenica
Born(1928-01-04)4 January 1928
Died5 October 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 73)
OccupationGraphic designer
Known forPoster design

Jan Lenica (4 January 1928, Poznań, Poland - 5 October 2001, Berlin) was a Polish graphic designer and cartoonist.

A graduate of the Architecture Department of Warsaw Polytechnic, Lenica became a poster illustrator and a collaborator on the early animation films of Walerian Borowczyk. From 1963 - 1986 he lived and worked in France, while from 1987 he lived and worked in Berlin. He was a professor of graphic, poster, animated cartoon for many years at German high schools and the first professor of the animation class at the University of Kassel, Germany, in 1979. He used cut-out stop motion animation in his numerous films, which included two features: Adam 2 (1968) and Ubu et la grande gidouille (1976, but released in France only in 1979).

Major awards[edit]

  • 1960 - Nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Dom. Shared with Polish Walerian Borowczyk
  • 1961 - Toulouse-Lautrec Grand Prix, Versailles (France)
  • 1961 - Golden Dragon for Nowy Janko Muzykant tied with Maly Western, in Cracow (Poland)
  • 1962 - 1st and 3rd prizes, International Film Poster Exhibition, Karlove Vary (Czech Republic)
  • 1963 - Annecy International Animated Film Festival / FIPRESCI Prize for Labirynt
  • 1964 - Honorable Mention for Die Nashörner in Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Germany)
  • 1966 - Gold Medal Prix Max Ernst, International Poster Biennale, Warsaw (Poland)
  • 1971 - Gold Medal, International Tourism Poster Exhibition, Catania (Italy)
  • 1985 - Prix Jules Chéret (France)
  • 1987 - Graphics award, Children Book Fair, Bologna (Italy)
  • 1999 - Dragon of Dragons Honorary Awards in Cracow Film Festival (Poland)


Jan Lenica was the director of:

See also[edit]


Kempa, Karolina (2018), Polnische Kulturplakate im Sozialismus. Eine kunstsoziologische Untersuchung zur (Be-)Deutung des Werkes von Jan Lenica und Franciszek Starowieyski, Wiesbaden: Springer, ISBN 978-3658188542

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