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Wojciech Fangor


1922, Warszawa


2015, Warszawa

Wojciech Fangor was born in Warsaw in 1922. During war he studied privately from T. Pruszkowski and F.S. Kowarski, in 1946 he graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Initially, he tried to find his own formula of socialist realism (Korean mother, 1951). Discouraged to socialist realism, he turned to poster and graphics, then sought his own artistic formula, creating paintings of simplified forms. In 1958 in Warsaw he performed a precursor spatial composition, using his paintings (exhibition Study of Space, together with S. Zamecznik). It was then that he began to paint abstract pictures pulsating with colors, giving the impression of movement. In the early 1960s he went abroad and settled permanently in the USA in 1966, where he combined abstract experiments with figurative painting close to hyperrealism. He returned to Poland in 1999. Wojciech Fangor is one of the few polish artists of the post-war period who, by their work, was ahead of time on a global scale. He is also the only polish artist to date who had an individual exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The artist became famous primarily as a creator of art-inspired spaces, which he created mainly in the 1960s and 1970s.

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