Wojciech Fangor

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Wojciech Fangor
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Wojciech Bonawentura Fangor

(1922-11-15)15 November 1922
Warsaw, Poland
Died25 October 2015(2015-10-25) (aged 92)
Warsaw, Poland
Alma materAcademy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
Known forPainting, Graphic art, Sculpture

Wojciech Fangor (15 November 1922 – 25 October 2015)[1] was a Polish painter, graphic artist, sculptor and a co-creator of the Polish School of Posters.

Life and career[edit]

After privately studying art with Felicjan Kowarski and Tadeusz Pruszkowski, he obtained his diploma in 1946 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

He started in the Socialist realism manner, creating the “Korean Mother” (now in the National Museum, Warsaw collection).

Between 1953 and 1961, he was employed as an assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

After the Polish October, the so-called "Gomułka's thaw" following Joseph Stalin's death, he turned away from socialist realism as a style. He became one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters.

In 1961, he left Poland and settled in West Berlin between 1964–1965, in England between 1965–1966, then from 1966 in the United States, where he lectured on art at art schools. He returned to Poland in 1999.

In 1970 he had, as the sole Polish artist, an individual exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

At the time of his death, he resided in Błędów, Grójec County, a village near Warsaw.

Fangor designed murals for the station walls of the second line of the Warsaw Metro in 2014.

Selected works[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Grimes, William (9 November 2015). "Wojciech Fangor, Painter Who Emerged From Postwar Poland, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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