Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski

1946 · Poland

Artist biography

Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in Poland, like other renowned artists such as Michal Smandek, Iwo Rutkiewicz, T.Rutt, Katja Shadkovska, and Agnieszka Polska. Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski was born in 1946.


Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski is represented and exhibited by two galleries, which are Le Guern Gallery and Galeria Foksal in Warsaw, Poland.

Further Biographical Context for Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski

Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski was born in 1946 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1960s. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing simultaneously as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting inspired by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first elements of what would be known as Conceptual art were developing. Minimalism established the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Minimalism became significant through the works of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley, while Pop art was a fundamental by-product of the latter, simultaneously critiquing and glorifying popular culture. The iconic contemporary art movements that echoed through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for instance, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the philosophy of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who sought to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the lingering angst of the meaninglessness of life.

Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski

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