Władysław Winiecki (1941 – 2008)

Władysław Winiecki was born Novem­ber 4, 1941 in Kutno, to Stanisław and Helena, née Lubańska. He started his edu­ca­tion at a pri­mary school in Kutno, where he then went to Hen­ryk Dąbrowski sec­ondary school and obtained his A-level cer­tifi­cate in 1960. Undoubt­edly, his stud­ies at the Acad­emy of Fine Arts in War­saw at the Fac­ulty of Paint­ing in the ate­lier of Pro­fes­sor Nacht-Samborski proved a cru­cial expe­ri­ence, one that shaped his approach to visual phe­nom­ena. These influ­ences are still vis­i­ble in his work and ped­a­gog­i­cal practice.

In 1966 he grad­u­ated with hon­ors. He took part in six exhi­bi­tions, includ­ing a show in Zachęta and The War­saw Graphic Artists' Exhi­bi­tion in Stock­holm. He also became a mem­ber of The Asso­ci­a­tion of Pol­ish Artists and Design­ers. In 1969 Winiecki received a prize and a one-year schol­ar­ship at the Sec­ond Exhi­bi­tion of Young Graphic Art (Poz­nań, WBA) and the Gold Medal (The Ital­ian Republic's For­eign Min­is­ter Prize) at The First Inter­na­tional Bien­nale of Con­tem­po­rary Paint­ing in Pistoia.

In years 1967–1981 he was the lau­re­ate of 52 prizes and dis­tinc­tions in the War­saw com­pe­ti­tion for the best engrav­ing of the month. In 1972 he won the sil­ver medal for a col­lec­tion of works at the Fourth Fine Arts Fes­ti­val in Zachęta, War­saw, and in 1973 at the exhi­bi­tion of the works that won the prizes in the com­pe­ti­tion "The Best Engrav­ing of the Year," Łódź, BWA, he won the spe­cial prize of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art.

In 1977 he started teach­ing at the Acad­emy of Fine Arts in War­saw, at the Fac­ulty of Graphic Arts, he began work­ing as a lec­turer in the draw­ing ate­lier. That same year he won the Spe­cial Prize at First Art Encoun­ters in Madrid and in the national com­pe­ti­tion for the best engrav­ing in Łódź he was pre­sented the Spe­cial BWA Prize. In 1978 he became the lau­re­ate of the Grand Prix of The Sev­enth Inter­na­tional Print Bien­nale, Kraków BWA (for the work enti­tled "Film Frame II"). Pro­fes­sor Ryszard Otręba char­ac­ter­izes this lith­o­graph the fol­low­ing way: "I was struck by the work's spare lan­guage, sim­plic­ity and the ease with which the artist delves into realms rarely explored by graphic artists. The print series enti­tled 'Frames' shows a world of enslaved, name­less peo­ple, forced into unin­tel­li­gi­ble frames of their time. Those teem­ing masses of peo­ple are what we see when we furtively observe the enslaved world. Winiecki passes a harsh judg­ment on peo­ple. He asks what we are really like."

His works are part of the fol­low­ing collections:
National Museum, War­saw, Kra­cow, Szczecin; Muzeum w Toruniu; Leon Wyczółkowski Museum, Byd­goszcz; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; The National Library in Paris; The Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Tokyo.
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