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He was born on 24th February 1929 in Sanok, Poland. Beksinski enrolled in the
Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology. After graduation
in 1952, he lived first in Cracow and later in Rzeszów, and finally, in
1955, returned with his wife to Sanok.
Beksinski's numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad, and also the
substantial number of publications by him, including catalogues and albums, and
the innumerable interviews with him and films about him have put him into the
narrow group of the most talked about and best known Polish artists.
His early pictures were Expressionist in character: 'Figures crying out in
the wilderness,' he recalls, 'people with heads of stone, women in childbirth,
people in the act of copulation, defecation, dying, people being executed by
firing squad or by hanging, prisons, windowless cities. Beksinski opened up to
the sub-conscious, not afraid of what he would encounter in it, and it was from
these experiences of drawing that the paintings of his 'fantasy period'
developed. That was when a technique to which the artist has remained loyal to
the present day was confirmed and stabilized: his painting in oils. The picture
was to be a mirror image of an inner vision. Beksinski’s most spectacular of
group of pictures from the 1967-1983 'fantasy period' is extraordinary witness
to a vision full of drama, anxiety, and destruction not so much of the outside
world but rather of a spiritual or psychological world.
Beksinski’s famous paintings include: