Wojciech Fangor, Polish artist, Died at 92

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Wojciech Fangor was born on November 15, 1922, and passed away on October 25, 2015.

Wojciech was a Polish painter, graphic artist, sculptor, and co-creator of the Polish School of Posters.

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

Wojciech 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 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.

Wojciech became one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters.

In 1961, he left Poland and settled in West Berlin between 1964 to 1965, in England between 1965 to 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.

Wojciech designed murals for the station walls of the second line of the Warsaw Underground in 2014.

Wojciech Fangor died at age 92 in October 2015.

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