Stefan Krygier was born in Lodz in 1923, where he died in 1997. A painter, sculptor, graphic designer, architect, he studied at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Lodz in the studio run by Władysław Strzemiński. In 1947, together with Strzemiński he published an article Vision of Gothic. In the years 1957-1997 he teaches graphic design, graphic arts and composition in visual arts at the State Higher School of Fine Arts (PWSSP) in Lodz (now Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts). He also gives lectures in art history and the analysis of form in visual arts. In 1963 he graduates in architecture from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. He designs and implements a wide range of topics in architecture and spatial planning. In addition to that, he deals with painting, graphic arts, sculpture , he writes and publishes texts on art. He participates in en-plein-air events in Osieki and meetings of ‘Złote Grono’. Paintings of the period of studies refer to Cubism and Strzemiński’s Solarism. Paintings from the 1950s were inspired be the art of Egypt and Greece. He also creates works related to Tachisme. In the 1960s he turns to matter painting, sculpture in wood and graphic arts. In the following years he creates bas-reliefs, polychromous reliefs and conceptual objects (The Centre of Form Condensation I, II, III). By the late 1970s, he refers to Constructivism in his ascetic oil paintings. There is a problem of the analysis of the square, its processing into the form of a sign. This period of creativity establishes the artist’s position in the history of Polish art. Apart from purely geometric paintings, the artist makes paintings referring to the European iconography and culture. The last period of the artist’s creative activity was filled with simultaneous painting.
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