Wojciech Fangor

Biography / CV

Born in 1922 in Warsaw. His artistic education was disrupted by the Second World War, which later on pushed him into practicing socialist realism as a painter. Between 1953 and 1961 he was employed as assistant professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. At the same time he was also active as a designer of posters using collages, texts, drawings and photography, and became one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters.

Although successful in these fields, Fangor decided to shift his attention to spatial experiments. In 1958 he constructed the first „environment“ ever made, A Study of Space. These experiments gradually resulted in his abstract illusionist paintings with diffused edges of color and shape.

After short stays in Vienna, Paris, Bath, London and Berlin, Fangor moved to the US in 1966, where he participated in important exhibitions such as The Responsive Eye at MoMA in 1965, and had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in 1970.

After his retirement as professor of art at the Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, he returned to Poland in 1999. He continued to make art and in 2014 designed murals for the station walls of the Warsaw Underground. He died in 2015 near Warsaw. Selected solo exhibitions:

1949 - Young Artists and Scientists Club, Warsaw, Poland
1958 - 'A Study of Space', The New Culture Salon, Warsaw, Poland
1959- Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
1962 - Institute of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
1963 - Lambert Gallery, Paris, France
1964 - Morsbroich Castle Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
1965 - Springer Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1966 - Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
1970 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA
1971 - University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA
1974 - Hokin Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1990 - Retrospective Exhibition - 50 years of painting, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
1994 - The Museum of Art, Radom, Poland
2003 - Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2013 - Retrospective National Museum, Cracow
2015 - Color Light Space, Simon de Pury, London
2015 - Retrospective National Museum, Wroclaw

Selected group exhibitions

1950 - 1. National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
1951 - 2. National Exhibition of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland
1957 - 2. Exhibition of Modern Art, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland
1959 - Polish Painting Now, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1961 - 15 Polish Painters, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA
1964 - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York, USA
1965 - The Responsive Eye, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, USA
1967 - Pittsburgh International, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1968 - Venice Biennale of Art, Venice, Italy
1974 - Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, USA
1994 - The National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

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Works

SM 19, 1975, oil on canvas, 212 x 145 cm

SM 19, 1975, oil on canvas, 212 x 145 cm

SU 17, 1971, oil on canvas, 128 x 128 cm

SU 17, 1971, oil on canvas, 128 x 128 cm

B 106, 1966, oil on canvas, 71,50 x 71,50 cm

B 106, 1966, oil on canvas, 71,50 x 71,50 cm

E 34, 1966, oil on canvas, 71,50 x 71,50 cm

E 34, 1966, oil on canvas, 71,50 x 71,50 cm

M 51, 1969, oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

M 51, 1969, oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm

Green Rhombe, 1958, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm

Green Rhombe, 1958, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm

Square 20, 1962, oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Square 20, 1962, oil on canvas, 90 x 90 cm

NJ 18, 1965, oil on canvas, 57,50 x 75,50 cm

NJ 18, 1965, oil on canvas, 57,50 x 75,50 cm

M 62, 1966, oil on canvas, 168 x 168 cm

M 62, 1966, oil on canvas, 168 x 168 cm

Self Portrait, 1944, Oil on canvas, 113 x 69 cm

Self Portrait, 1944, Oil on canvas, 113 x 69 cm

Portrait of a Woman, 1948, oil on canvas, 90 x 71 cm

Portrait of a Woman, 1948, oil on canvas, 90 x 71 cm

Einstein, 1946, oil on canvas, 98,40 x 118,50 cm

Einstein, 1946, oil on canvas, 98,40 x 118,50 cm

The Stone, 1948, oil on canvas

The Stone, 1948, oil on canvas

Krowiec i ksiqze, 1958, ink on paper, 84 x 57,5 cm

Krowiec i ksiqze, 1958, ink on paper, 84 x 57,5 cm

Ballada o zolnierzu, 1959, ink on paper, 85,5 x 58 cm

Ballada o zolnierzu, 1959, ink on paper, 85,5 x 58 cm

Popiót i diament, 1960, ink on paper, 84,5 x 58,5 cm

Popiót i diament, 1960, ink on paper, 84,5 x 58,5 cm

Slonce swieci dla wszystkich, 1963, ink on paper, 84 x 58 cm

Slonce swieci dla wszystkich, 1963, ink on paper, 84 x 58 cm

Powrot Ink, ink on paper, 84 x 58 cm

Powrot Ink, ink on paper, 84 x 58 cm

Czarownica, 1957, Rotogravure, 57,5 x 83,5 cm

Czarownica, 1957, Rotogravure, 57,5 x 83,5 cm

Mein Kampf, 1960, Rotogravure, 58 x 84,5 cm

Mein Kampf, 1960, Rotogravure, 58 x 84,5 cm