Famous Polish Poster Artist Waldemar Swierzy Has Died (+ A Gallery Of His Posters)

Contributing Writer; Tokyo, Japan (@patrykczekaj)
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November 27 marks the end of a very important era for both film lovers and poster aficionados. Waldemar Swierzy, one of the founders of the Polish School of Posters (1950-1980) and one of the most prominent graphic designers in the world, has died at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

He created more than 1500 posters since his graduation from the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts in 1952. He was the author of numerous series of film posters, many of which were exhibited during major film events and served as symbols of the pictures that they advertised. He won several awards at many important poster festivals and was recognized by The Hollywood Reporter for his posters for The Promised Land and The Dogs of War.

Although over the course of years he changed his style a couple of times, he remained true to his beliefs and always put a huge emphasis on the human element of his work. Due to a very specific style of graphic design his posters are always easily recognizable.

His works can be still seen in MoMA in New York, Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, Staatliche Museum in Berlin, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, among other places.

In honor of this great artist we would like to present some of his most gorgeous posters. We also encourage you to tell us about your favorite one in the comments section below.

39 Steps (1935)

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Ron HirschkindDecember 1, 2013 2:41 AM

The art world has lost a truly unique and genuinely talented man. I was privileged to know him and to sell his art. He will be missed.

Arnold BosmanJanuary 14, 2014 12:38 AM

I am sorry to read this. I have been a fan of Waldamar Swierzy since I was a teenager, after I found one of his posters of Duke Ellington (the caravan) I became very fond of his style of art. The news of his death saddens me. Four of his posters are brightening up my home and it is some consolation that his spirit can still be shared and enjoyed by many people around the world through his art.
Rest In Peace.

Yann OehlFebruary 3, 2014 2:26 PM

In memoroium, I've created a Polish poster gallery on imdb.