Andrzej Pągowski

The Wellington Polish Film Festival 2018 uses a unique poster image designed specifically for the international event, '100 Years of Poland’s Regained Independence. Polish History in Film Masterpieces'. Andrzej Pągowski has designed over 1200 posters, contributing greatly to the rich world of Polish design and visual culture. With works in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris among others, his work is powerful, intriguing and inspiring.

Andrzej Pągowski

Born in 1953.

Graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznań, Faculty of Graphic Arts; a degree with distinction in the Poster Graphics Studio of Prof. Waldemar Świerzy

Exploiting various kinds of techniques he designed over 1200 posters that have been circulating in print in Poland and abroad since 1977. The author of numerous book illustrations, drawings for magazines, artwork for CD booklets, TV and theatre stage designs as well as a short film screenplays. Painter.

Since 1986 art director of numerous magazines. For several years worked for Polish Edition of Playboy magazine.

In 1989 he started working in advertising as the creative director of KreacjaPro, a company he brought into being and owns by now, without giving up his individual artistic work as a poster graphics designer and a painter.

The themes of Pagowski’s posters differ markedly, their range comprises mostly cultural posters, but also political, social and strictly advertising ones. He created hundreds of posters for Polish movies. Among them there are  Andrzej Wajda’s “Man of Iron”,  “Workers ’80.”, “Interrrogation” and almost all Krzysztof Kieślowski’s movies. He designed posters for other prominent Polish film directors like Krzysztof Zanussi, Agnieszka Holland, Roman Polański, Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Żuławski, Juliusz Machulski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz.

He received several Polish and international awards for his posters, among which there are the most esteemed awards in the International Competition for the Best TV and Film Poster in Los Angeles (The Best of Show Award, as the only Pole 6 times Gold Plaques, Silver Plaques) and in the Chicago International Film Poster Competition (First and Second Prizes).

Pągowski designed numerous theatre, opera and music posters for Polish and international stages.

Posters and paintings of Andrzej Pagowski have been exhibited in many individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad.

His works can be found, among others, in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and San Francisco, in Centre Pompidou in Paris, Stripped House Museum of Art in Tokyo, Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Poster Museum in Lahti, Poster Museum in Warsaw; in the Film Museum in Łódź there are over 200 Pagowski’s poster titles.

Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art placed Pagowski’s “Wolf Smile” poster among 100 the most important art pieces in its collection.