Dirty Dancing

Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, or Mietek as he likes to be called, was born in Warsaw on New Year’s Day in 1942, and studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts under one of the founding fathers of the Polish School of Posters Prof. Henryk Tomaszewski. After graduating, he became Tomaszewski’s studio assistant, and took over running the studio when Tomaszewski retired. In 1990 Wasilewski was awarded a professorship.

Tomaszewski taught Wasilewski to think about poster design intellectually; for the idea to grab you, not the sensationalism of the image. His work is minimalist and often monochrome, with wonderfully expressive painterly lines. Wasilewski takes out all that is not important; leaving beautifully succinct compositions with plenty of space.

Mieczyslaw Wasilewski has received many awards for his poster design and his work, which has been displayed in private shows and exhibitions around the world.

Mieczyslaw Wasilewski

Soulful and witty: Projekt 26 and the Polish School of Posters

A small but impactful group of designers belong to the Polish School of Posters, a ground-breaking art movement established in the wake of the Second World War. We examine the joyful – and truly original – designs curated by Polish poster experts Projekt 26.

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