Ryszard Kaja, Polish graphic artist, Died at 57

Ryszard Kaja was born in 1962 and died on April 17, 2019; he was a painter, poster artist, stage designer, and costume designer from Poland.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan in 1984 and obtained a degree in painting under Norbert Skupniewicz.

His father is the poster designer Zbigniew Kaja, and his mother is the ceramicist and painter Stefania Kaja.

Ryszard worked as chief designer at the Grand Theatre in Lodz from 1999 to 2000. In 1994, he was a stage designer at the Opera and Operetta in Szczecin.

From 1995 to 2000, Ryszard was the chief planner at the Grand Theatre in Poznan. In 1998, Ryszard was, awarded the prestigious Medal Młodej Sztuki.

He has designed more than 150 theatres, ballet, opera, television, and film sets in Poland and abroad, including France, Germany, Argentina, Israel, and Egypt.

Ryszard Kaja is, considered as one of Poland’s best selling and prolific contemporary poster designers.

Supporting in the tradition of his father Zbigniew Kaja, member of the acclaimed “Polish Poster School,” Kaja paints his posters using mixed techniques: “I use everything: pen, pencil, ink, colour ink, gouache, coffee grounds, tea, ash-everything around me, not just the computer.”

Ryszard has served as a juror for many poster biennials including the Italian Poster biennial. He was an honorary guest at the 2015 BICeBé Bienal del Cartel Bolivia (Biennial of Poster, Bolivia).

Ryszard currently lives in Wrocław, Poland where he was finishing his “Plakaty z serii POLSKA” (Posters from the series “POLAND”) which will include 120 posters featuring less popular towns and destinations within Poland.

Ryszard Kaja passed away at the age of 57.