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Edward Dwurnik is one of the most outstanding Polish painters and graphic artists. His paintings are strongly rooted in the surrounding reality, often critical, or even satirical. The artist also creates abstract paintings. Dwurnik was born in 1943 in Radzymin. In 1963 he started his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the painting studio of Prof. Eugeniusz Eibisch and sculpting studio of Prof. Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz. He has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award (1981), Solidarity Independent Culture Committee (1983), Nouvelle Biennale de Paris (1985), Olympiade des Arts in Seoul (1988), and the Contemporary Art Foundation Award (1992). Dwurnik is an incredibly creative and prolific artist. So far he has painted nearly 4 000 paintings and drawn 10 000 drawings. He creates elaborate painting series. His most famous works include, among others: ”The Road (Ten Stations of the Secular Cross)/Droga (Dziesięć stacji świeckiego ukrzyżowania)”, and the series ”Collection/Kolekcja”, ”Sportsmen/Sportowcy”, ”Large Paintings/Obrazy duże”, ”Workers/Robotnicy”, ”The Road East/Droga na Wschód”, ”Counting/Wyliczanka”, and many others. The landscapes of towns and cities seen from a bird’s-eye perspective, with the accumulation of certain recurring elements such as in the so-called "Hitchhiking Trips/Podróże autostopem” series, have constituted the main motif of Dwurnik’s paintings for more than 40 years. They are painted in a distinctive manner, somewhat resembling the naive paintings of Nikifor, whose art (as the artist himself admits) has significantly influenced the painting style and works of Edward Dwurnik. The artist currently lives and works in Warsaw.
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