Edward Dwurnik is one of the most famous and recognisable Polish visual artists.
He was born on 19 April 1943 in Radzymin near Warsaw. In 1963-70 he studied painting, graphics and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he graduated from the painting studio of Professor Eugeniusz Eibisch.
Edward Dwurnik created extensive painting series. He was an extremely prolific artist – if we take into account his works on canvas only, his body of work includes over 8,000 pieces. The first artworks from the oldest and most recognisable painting series “Hitchhiking Travels” – bird’s-eye view cityscapes – date back to 1966. Other important series include “Sportsmen” – a caricatured and brutal image of Poles from the communist era, and “Workers” – a portrait of Poland fighting the communist torturer. In this series in the 1980s, Dwurnik’s painting became expressive, dramatic and politically engaged. His next series were also similar, e.g. “The Way to the East” (1989-1991) commemorated the victims of Stalinism, and the series “From December to June” (1990-1994) commemorated victims of martial law. In the 1990s, other series of paintings were created. They were the continuation of “Hitchhiking Travels”: “Blue Cities” and “Diagonals”, as well as completely new series, such as “Blue”, “Long Live the War!” and “Counting”. In mid-2000, Dwurnik started working on the abstract series: “Twenty-Fifth”, which he continued until the end of his life alongside other themes.
Edward Dwurnik died on 28 October 2018 at his home in Warsaw. The artist’s funeral took place on 5 November 2018. He is buried in Aleja Zasłużonych at the Powązki Military Cemetery next to the musician Tomasz Stańko, the music of whom was highly appreciated by the painter.
During his lifetime, Edward Dwurnik participated in many prestigious exhibitions of contemporary art, including documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982, Biennale of Sydney in 1984, Biennale de Paris in 1985. His works can be found in many institutional collections, including the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in Dresden, the Schaulager in Basel, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Krakow, the National Museum in Poznań and many others.