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Artist Starowieyski Dies
March 4, 2009   
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Franciszek Starowieyski, a respected and versatile Polish painter, set designer and graphic artist, died Feb. 23 in Warsaw. He was 79.

Starowieyski produced around 300 posters and is commonly regarded as one of the most outstanding members of the Polish school of poster design. In 1949-1952, Starowieyski studied painting at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow under Wojciech Weiss and Adam Marczyński and then moved to the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw, where he studied under Michaů Bylina and obtained a degree in 1955. Starowieyski's paintings, often powerfully sensual, were marked by fascination with the female form, but also by reflection on the passing of time and death.

Starowieyski's works have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Poland, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, the United States, and Italy. He has won many awards, including the Grand Prix of the Contemporary Art Biennale in Saő Paulo (1973), the Cannes festival Grand Prix for a movie poster (1974), the Grand Prix of the International Festival in Paris (1975), the Annual Key Award of Hollywood Reporter newspaper (1975-1976), and awards at the Warsaw International Poster Biennale and the International Film Festival in Chicago (1979-1982). His picture The Rape of Europa is on display at the Polish mission to the EU in Brussels.
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