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Klimowski, Andrzej

Klimowski, Andrzej

Born July 1st 1949 in London.

From 1968 to 1972 Andrzej Klimowski studied sculpture and painting at St Martins School of Art. 1973 to 1980 he lived and worked in Warsaw, the first two years of which he studied poster design under Professor Henryk Tomaszewski and film animation under Dr Kazimierz Urbanski at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

He has designed many posters for cultural institutions in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Opole and Lodz and collaborated with leading book publishers.


He directed Dead Shadow, a short experimental film shown at international film festivals in Krakow and London (1981). On returning to the UK, he worked freelance for Faber & Faber, Penguin Books and The Guardian.

He has been a recipient of many international prizes, including: The Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards for best film posters (Los Angeles 1977 and 1978), Campaign Silver Award for RSC theatre poster (1987), The Daily Telegraph Award for Excellence in press campaign for British Telecom (1988), DA&D Silver Award for a Royal Mail Millennium stamp (London 1999), V&A illustration Award for the graphic novel Horace Dorlan (2nd prize 2008), 12th International Biennale of Theatre Posters (Honorary mention, Rzeszow, Poland 2009).

Andrzej Klimowski’s works are in public collections including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, National Museums in Warsaw and Poznan, Library of Congress in Washington D.C. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad (retrospective exhibitions in Villa Bottini in Lucca, Italy (2000), The National Theatre in London (2001–2), The National Museum of Photography, Film and TV in Bradford (2003) and the Arsenal Gallery in Poznan, Poland (2006).

(biography takes from Royal College of Art website)