Władysław Winiecki was born November 4, 1941 in Kutno, to Stanisław and Helena, née Lubasińska.
1948 – 1960
He started his education at a primary school in Kutno; then, he went to the Henryk Dąbrowski secondary school in Kutno and obtained his A-level qualifications in 1960.
At the Henryk Dąbrowski secondary school, as a tenth-year student, he won a prize for his painting and poetry as well as the first prize in the first edition of an amateur painting competition organized by Muzeum Sztuki [the Art Museum] in Łódź.
He passed the entrance examinations for the Academy of Fine Arts (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych – ASP) in Warsaw and started his studies at the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts in the studio of professor Nacht-Samborski. He took part in the Second Edition of the Amateur Graphic Artists Competition in Łódź and won the first prize for painting.
1964 – 1966
In the lithography studio of professor Pakulski he created some of his first lithographs: Self-portrait, Dance, Fairy tale, Letter, Three Graces, Wave.
He received a diploma with distinction at the Faculty of Painting and Graphic Arts in the atelier of professor Nacht-Samborski. He also became a member of The Association of Polish Artists and Designers.
Winiecki took part in several exhibitions: “The 6th debut of the Academy of Fine Arts graduates,” Warsaw. “Lithography” (7 graphic artists), Dom Artysty Plastyka (Centre for the Visual Arts), Warsaw. He also took part in the national competition “Man and Work in the People’s Republic of Poland” (an exhibition of the best works in the “Zachęta” gallery in Warsaw). Other exhibitions followed: the exhibition of the works that won a prize in the competition for “The best print of the month,” Dom Artysty Plastyka, Warsaw and “The Warsaw Graphic Artists’ Exhibition,” Vasterass, Stockholm.
1967 – 1981
During these fourteen years he won 52 prizes for “The best print of the month” in Warsaw. He started working on the cycle entitled “Ambassadors’ Secrets” and created the opening work of the cycle, A Portrait of Sonia Łazia.
He took part in the Second International Print Biennial in Cracow, BWA (The Art Exhibitions Office) and in The Second Fine Arts Festival in Warsaw’s Zachęta gallery.
In yet another year of intensive creative work; the following lithographs were printed: The Gate Man, My Gloria’s Husband, Anna Mother In, Crusade, The Great Vaudeville. His prolific oeuvre was shown at an individual exhibition of his painting and graphic art in the “Krzywe Koło” gallery in Warsaw. Winiecki also took part in the fifth edition of “The Polish Competition for Marine Print” and then in the exhibitions of the best works that were entered in the competitions: in Gdańsk, Montréal, Stockholm, Szczecin and Malmö. At The Second Exhibition of Young Graphic Art (Poznań, BWA) Winiecki exhibited a collection of works for which he received a prize and a one-year scholarship. He also took part in a group exhibition “Lithography” (5 graphic artists) in Toruń, BWA. One must also mention The Fourth Exhibition of Polish Print in Warsaw’s Zachęta gallery. It was also the year of Winiecki’s first international successes – he took part in The First International Biennale of Contemporary Painting in Pistoia and won the Gold Medal – The Italian Republic’s Foreign Minister Prize.
He took part in the following exhibitions and competitions: “Graphic Art in Polish People’s Republic,” Warsaw, Zachęta; “The Third International Print Biennial” in Cracow, “The Third Fine Arts Festival,” Warsaw, Zachęta; “Contemporary Polish Marine Print” – an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin, later exhibited in Prague and Bratislava; “An Exhibition of Polish Print” in Lagos; “The Second British International Print Biennale” in Bradford.
He married Liliana Kaczyńska but the marriage was annulled in 1974 and from then onwards Winiecki remained unmarried. He also took part in the exhibition “The Best Print of the Year” organised by Dom Artysty Plastyka in Warsaw. Other exhibitions: “The Latest News from Poland,” and an exhibition of painting, sculpture and print, Goeteborg; “Contemporary Polish Print,” Bourges, Paris; “Contemporary Polish Print,” Colombo (Ceylon); “Polish Print Exhibition,” Tokyo; “An Exhibition of Contemporary Polish Print,” Mexico; “An Exhibition of Contemporary Polish Print,” Ankara, Tehran; “Józef Pakulski and his Students,” Groningen.
Winiecki participated in the following exhibitions: “The Fourth International Print Biennial,” Cracow; “The Fourth Fine Arts Festival,” Warsaw, Zachęta – he received the silver medal for a collection of works; “The Ninth International Biennale of Art,” Menton; “Bianco e nero,” an international print exhibition, Lugano; “The Sea in Contemporary Polish Print,” Rostock; “An Exhibition of Marine Print,” Bergen, Norway.
Participation in the following exhibitions: “An Exhibition of Polish Graphic Art” (part of the Polish Culture Week), Rome; “Polish Art Exhibition,” Frankfurt am Main, Biberach; “Contemporary Polish Print,” Prague, Bratislava; “The Seventh Contemporary Polish Marine Print Competition” and the exhibition of the winners’ works, Szczecin, National Museum; the exhibition of the works that won the prizes in the competition “The Best Print of the Year,” Łódź, BWA – a special prize awarded by the Minister of Culture and Art.
Participation in the following exhibitions: an individual print exhibition, Warsaw, Galeria Współczesna; “The Fifth International Print Biennial,” Cracow, BWA; “The Fifth Fine Arts Festival,” Warsaw, Zachęta; “International Print Biennial Ibizagrafik 1974,” Ibiza; an exhibition of graphic art from Rostock, Riga and Szczecin organised as part of the Seventeenth Baltic Sea Week, Rostock; “The Second Norwegian International Print Biennale,” Fredrikstad; “The Fourth International Print Biennale,” Florence; “Contemporary Polish Print,” Buenos Aires and Brazil; “Contemporary Polish Marine Print” (an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin), Turku; “An Exhibition of Contemporary Polish Marine Print” organised as part of Szczecin days, Cliveland; “Decorative Painting, Print and Fabric,” Calgary; “An Exhibition of Polish Graphic Art,” as part of Warsaw days, Sofia; “The First European Biennale of Graphic Art,” Mulhouse.
“III Triennale New Delhi,” New Delhi, “The 1930-1940s Generation,” Łódź.
“The Sixth Fine Arts Festival,” Warsaw, Zachęta; “The Second Print and Painting Triennial: Our Time – Metaphor – Tendencies,” Łódź, BWA (a prize for a collection of works); “The Sixth International Print Biennial,” Cracow, BWA; “Integration 76,” Katowice, BWA; “An Exhibition of Polish Painting and Graphic Art,” Athens, Thessaloniki; “Winterausstellung 76,” painting, sculpture and graphic art, Düsseldorf.
He started teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, at the Graphic Arts Faculty – he began working as a lecturer in the drawing studio. An individual exhibition of prints, Łódź, Salon Sztuki Współczesnej [Contemporary Art Salon]; “Painting, Graphic Art, Sculpture” – an exhibition of the works of Fundusz Rozwoju Twórczości Plastycznej [The Fund for the Development of Art and Design] scholarships winners, Warsaw, Centre for the Plastic Arts; a national competition for the best print and the exhibition of the best works, Łódź, BWA – The Special BWA Prize; “The Second Polish-Finnish Exhibition of Marine Print,” Gdańsk, Szczecin, Turku; “The Best Print the Month, 1975,” an exhibition from the collection of the Warsaw branch of The Association of Polish Artists and Designers, Berlin; an individual graphic art exhibition, Warsaw, Galeria Kordegarda; “The Best Print of 1976 from Cracow and Warsaw,” Cracow, BWA, Warsaw, Dom Artysty Plastyka; “The Twentieth Annual Exhibition of the Darmstadt Art Nouveau,” Darmstadt; “First Art Encounters,” Madrid – a Special Prize; “The Best Print 1977,” Warsaw, Galeria Zapiecek; “Contemporary Polish Marine Print,” an exhibition from the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin, Turku.
This year Winiecki won one of the most prestigious prizes in graphic art – the Grand Prix of “The Seventh International Print Biennial,” Cracow, BWA (for a piece of work entitled Film Frame 2).
An individual print exhibition, Cracow, Galeria Kramy Dominikańskie; an international print exhibition “Intergrafia 80,” Katowice, Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej BWA; “The Fifth International Print Biennale,” Fredrikstad; “Contemporary Polish Print,” Belgrade, Bucharest; “International European Print Biennale,” Heidelberg.
“The Best Print of the Year,” Warsaw, Galeria SBWA; “The Best Print of the Year,” Warsaw, Galeria SBWA – an individual exhibition; an international exhibition of graphic art “World Print Council,” San Francisco.
1983 – 1985: Winiecki receives a scholarship from Fundusz Rozwoju Twórczości Plastycznej [The Fund for the Development of Art and Design]. An individual print exhibition, Warsaw, Galeria SBWA; An individual print exhibition, World Print Four – Museum of Art, San Francisco.
An individual print exhibition: Tacoma Art Museum, Washington, Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, Edison Community College Gallery, Ft. Myers, Florida.
After he was given the academic title of “docent” [reader, or associate professor] he became the head of the graphic art studio in the Printmaking Department of The Graphic Arts Faculty.
An individual print exhibition, The Art Museum Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, California.
1991 – 1997
After becoming Contract Professor he became the head of the lithography studio (1997 – 2001).
An individual lithography exhibition, as part of the opening of a gallery in the family residence of Magdalena Kraszewska in Zakopane.
Exhibitions: The Teachers of the Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Warsaw at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – “Prints from the Printmaking Department,” Warsaw; “Professor Winiecki and his Students,” a lithography exhibition, Warsaw, Galeria Aneks; “An Exhibition of the Works of the Warsaw ASP Professors and their Students,” Warsaw, Galeria Ericsson.
On January 10, 2001 Winiecki received the title of Fine Arts Professor and continued working as the head of the lithography studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He participated in an exhibition of the works of the Warsaw ASP (La Galeria Codice, Mexico) and in the “Contemporary Polish Art Exhibition,” Clermont-Ferrand, France.
A Warsaw ASP print exhibition, Chişinău, Moldova; Centro Recoleta – A Print and Poster Exhibition, Buenos Aires, Argentina. “A Eulogy of Lithography” – a group lithography exhibition of the work of artists connected with the Warsaw ASP, Warsaw, Galeria Test.
A print exhibition, Presidential Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.
“Interpretations. The traditions of Warsaw printmaking.” An exhibition prepared as part of the International Tadeusz Kulisiewicz Graphic Arts Triennial IMPRINT 2008, Królikarnia, A Division of the National Museum, Warsaw.
“Professor Winiecki and his Students” – a lithography exhibition organised by Warsaw’s Van Gogh gallery. The Faculty of Graphic Arts of Warsaw ASP together with the protocol section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared a presentation of selected works in the Ministry’s building as part of the International Tadeusz Kulisiewicz Graphic Arts Triennale IMPRINT 2008. The same year Władysław Winiecki, a member of the International Jury of IMPRINT 2008 presented his lithographs in Autorska Galeria Grafiki na Zielonej Białołęce in Warsaw. Władysław Winiecki died on August 25, 2008, at 7.10 a.m., in a nursing home in Łomianki. He is buried in his family tomb (the Kraszewski family) in Zakopane.
His works form part of the following collections:
National Museum, Warsaw, Cracow, Szczecin; Muzeum Okręgowe w Toruniu; Leon Wyczółkowski Museum, Bydgoszcz; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; The Ministry of Culture and Art; The National Library in Paris; The National Library in Warsaw; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Bradford Gallery, UK; The National Museum in Groningen, and in private collections around the world.