Tragedy of WWII: Exile and Two Polands | 1939 - mid 1950s

Artist Professor Andrzej Klimowski

(b. 1949 in London)

Andrzej Klimowski was born in London in 1949. He studied sculpture and painting at St Martin’s School of Art and poster design under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 1973-1980 he lived and worked in Poland designing posters for the Central State Film Distributors and for theatres and opera houses in Warsaw, Wrocław, Opole and Łódź. He collaborated with the satirical magazine Szpilki, leading book publishers and the film studio SeMaFor in Łódź. On his return to England Klimowski designed book covers for publishers Faber&Faber, Penguin, Everyman Library and Oberon Books as well as regularly contributing illustrations for the Guardian newspaper. From 1983 he has taught at the Royal College of Art where he is now Emeritus Professor, and he is a Visiting Lecturer at the Polish/Japanese Academy of Computer Techniques in Warsaw. Klimowski is the author of graphic novels published by Faber&Faber and, together with his wife Danusia Schejbal, for the publisher SelfMadeHero. His work can be found in several public collections including the National Museums in Warsaw and Poznań, Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design in New York, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The Polish quarterly cultural magazine Przekrój writes: ‘a beautiful wife, red wine and black ink keep Andrzej Klimowski, Emeritus Professor of the RCA in good health and in a permanent state of high tension’.