Krzysztof Dydo, born in 1945, is a collector, an expert on poster art and an owner of the Dydo Poster Collection showcasing both, Polish and international works. Since 1985, he has been running internationally renown Poster Gallery. Dydo cooperates with cultural institutions, theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, MOFA, as well as poster collectors around the world. Since 1975 he has organised over 600 exhibitions, both in Poland and virtually all European countries - from Ukraine and Russia to Spain and France. His collection also visited Australia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, China, Israel and Morocco. The most important and largest exhibitions, along with large catalogues of his authorship, took place in Krakow, among other such as: A Hundred Years of Polish Poster Art in 1993, A Hundred Years of Cinema in Poland – Polish Film Poster in 1996, Polish Theatrical Poster 1899 – 1999 in 2000, ABC Polish Contemporary Posters in 2014. Currently preparing an exhibition on the occasion of the Year of the Polish Theatre in 2015 in Opole, Kraków, Jelenia Gora, Sosnowiec, Valencia and Wellington.
Dydo organizes and seats on jury boards of many poster competitions, including the Biennale of Polish Poster in Katowice, the International Biennale of Theatrical Poster in Rzeszów, Internationale Socio-Political Poster Biennale in Oświęcim, the Polish Poster in Poznań, FETA, Stereotypes, Poster for Krakow, Poland in European Union and several other. He has also been a co-creator of the Krakow’s Poster Festival since 1999.
It is also author and co-author of numerous articles, catalogues, thematically related to the Polish poster art as well as albums such as: Masters of Polish poster Art - 1995; Polish Film Poster 1896-1996 - 1996; Posters 1989-2001 - 2001; Cartel Contemporaneo Polaco 1945-2006 (Contemporary Polish Poster 1945-2006) published in 2007 in Mexico, PLN 21 – Polish Poster Art of the 21th Century – 2008, Польская школа плаката (Polish Poster School) published in Russia and Tutto il Teatro in un manifesto (Whole Theater in a poster) – 2009, Italy as well as bulgarian Полският плакат & cцената (Polish poster and stage) and All that music Polish Music Posters 1899-2012 – 2012.
The Poster Gallery in Krakow (which was founded and open 1985) is an exhibition space as well as a meeting point for artists, designers and lovers of good, artistic poster. One can view or buy fine Polish posters in here. The Gallery offers over 2000 titles of theatrical, operatic, film, exhibition and music posters being the works of the best Polish artists of the last half century. The Gallery also issues publications related to the subject of poster art, organises competitions and promotes young artists.
Galeria Plakatu S.C.
ul. Stolarska 8-10, 31-043 Kraków
T/F + 48 12 421 26 40
Glutton, sleepyhead, addicted traveler, is primarily a painter, poster artist, and stage and costume designer. Born in 1962 to a family of artists in Poznan, Poland, He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan . Ryszard Kaja's career can be strictly divided into two periods, first, as a theater stage designer, and second, as a poster artist. However, both periods humorously play upon each other as his stage designs are mostly painted, and his graphics are undeniably theatrical. From 1989-1994 Ryszard was the main stage designer at Teatr Wielki (Grand Theater), Lodz, Poland. In 1994 he was the main stage designer for the Szczecin Opera and Operetta Houses. From 1995 to 2000 Ryszard returned to his home town as the main stage designer at Teatr Wielki, Poznan. He has worked the entire spectrum of music stages in Poland, designing, creating, and decorating actor's costumes for theater, ballet, operetta, and other cultural events. In 2000 Ryszard suddenly ended his stage designing career to pursue graphics and painting. Currently working freelance and living in Wroclaw, Poland, he unveiled his passion and talent for poster art. His repertoire in Poster art is as prolific and far-reaching as were his achievements in theater. Amongst numerous commissions, Ryszard is now working on a series of posters, “Plakat Polska” that are dedicated to over 100 small towns, heritage sites, geologic features, and tourist attractions within Poland. Ryszard Kaja has courage to remain non-fashionable in his technique, being rather unconcerned with contemporary trends, calling himself and his art “Bohemian” or more lightheartedly, “Polish Sloppy Burger Baroque.” He creates his work on paper using mixed techniques including paint, computer, and everything else he can get his hands on. Continually looking backwards, his work becomes cyclical, often taking inspiration from Czech author Bohumil Hrabal. However, his best form of expression is derived from his scrupulous coverage of everyday events in a personal sketchbook that spans 15 years. More correctly, these are diary entries-these pictures of encoded time and subjective truths of the past. His posters and paintings have been shown in various locations within Poland and internationally, including, but not limited to, Warszawa, Poznan, Wroclaw, Gniezno, Katowice, Barcelona, Berlin, Vienna, St. Louis, and Ankara. . Many of these artworks are now in the archival collections at the National Museum in Poznan, the Opera Stage Design Museum of the National Opera in Warsaw, and the Design Museum in Katowice.
Joanna Górska & Jerzy Skakun
Joanna Górska and Jerzy Skakun have graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. They are running a graphic design studio Homework They work mainly with poster art, graphic design or ID of cultural events. They cooperate with Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Nowe Horyzonty Association, National Museum in Warsaw, Mañana, and Kazimierz Pułaski's Museum in Warka. Their works have appeared in Przekrój, Liberation or Financial Times. They have been awarded with various prizes, including a silver medal at the Design Florence Week, a silver medal at the Chicago Poster Biennale, a gold and a silver medal at the Poster Biennale in Mexico, prizes and honorable mentions at the Warsaw Poster Biennale, Grand Prix at the VIDICAL competition, a bronze medal at the Poster Biennale in Katowice, and the 1st prize at the AMS competition. Their works have beed published in many books and magazines, eg. New Masters of Poster Design vol. 2, 1000 Ind.
was born in Frýdek-Místek on January 1974. In 1992 he finished his studies at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Brno (branch of study: painting). In 1997 he got the Master’s degree at the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Ostrava (Dpt. of Fine Arts – Studio of Free and Applied Graphics of Prof. Eduard Ovčáček). Since 1998 he has been teaching at the Department. In 2006 he finished his doctoral studies at the Siesian University in Katowice, branch in Cieszyn, Faculty of Art, Institute of Art. In his artistic activities he concentrates on graphics, painting and experimental approaches in graphics. Marek Sibinský elaborates his topics in thematic cycles. Beside the actual reflection of the present days, as well as his interest in the newest print technologies. First of all it is the technique of silkscreen and possibilities of digital print, and then the experimental technique using various forms of reprint. The author keeps developing them and probes other alternatives of their solution which emerge during the process of creation. Marek Sibinský is thinking intensively about the problem of communication among people with the help of new media. Along with the topics of his works, he tries to articulate the sense of varied kinds of information of different quality level, which attack us from all sides and various territories in the daily routine.
is a PhD assistant Professor of the Graphic Design at Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk, Poland. She also Works as a freelance designer, specializing in social and cultural design, especially posters and publishing. She was awarded on many international competitions e.g. 21 International Poster Biennale in Warsaw.
is a graduate of the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (Master's degree), and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where she completed her PhD.
She has participated in a number of prestigious exhibitions and contests of graphic design, both in Poland and abroad. Agnieszka is a laureate of various awards and distinctions including the Platinum Award at the Creativity Annual Awards in USA (2010), the Grand Prix of Polish Poster Biennial (2011), the 1st award of VIII Triennial of Eco-poster "the 4th Block"(2012) and the fellowship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2013).
For several years she has been working as a graphic designer, recently focusing on social issues and art actions in public spaces.
She lives in Lodz, Poland