Contemporary Lynx invites curators, collectors, gallery owners, and people from the art world to share with us the most interesting, important or intriguing artworks by Polish artists. Each of our guests will select one piece of art and present it to us in the form of a postcard. This bite-size selection chosen by top experts and art aficionados aims to show the vibrancy and quality of contemporary Polish art.
Mieczysław Wasilewski (b.1942) in Warsaw. From 1960 to 1966, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, in the Faculty of Painting and Graphics. He obtained his diploma in the Atelier of professor Henryk Tomaszewski. His sphere of expertise is made of posters, illustrations and editorial graphics. He works as a professor in the Academy of Fine Arts and the European Academy of Arts (EAS), both in Warsaw. In both schools, he is the head of the Graphic Design Atelier. He has been a visiting lecturer in art schools in Holland, Syria, Germany, France, Mexico, Chile, Canada, United States, Iran and Switzerland, and has taken part in hundreds of national and international exhibitions on Polish posters and illustration. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and praises in the field of posters as well as editorial graphics.
Assoc. prof. Laze Tripkov (1978). Laze Tripkov began his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje in 1996, and in 1998 – after receiving a scholarship – continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2002, he obtained a Masters degree in Poster Design, and in 2003 attended a year-long post-master’s internship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (department of Design and New Media). In 2003, as a Fulbright scholar, he initiated a research project about the role of Balkan symbols and iconography within the context of the Balkan conflicts.
He is also the president and founder of PLAKART – Association for Graphic Design in Macedonia, a member of ICO-D since 2014, founder of Skopje Design Week and partner till 2013. Curated more than 20 exhibitions, including Aleksandar Rodchenko’s poster exhibition, Mirko Ilic, the exhibitions of the Polish School of Poster etc. He has also served on the juries of many renowned international events.
Since 1 April 2016, he has been the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje.