Zdzisław Beksiński | 50 Dystopian Surrealism Paintings – Polish Artist

Zdzisław Beksiński, one of the greatest polish artists of the last few decades. He was under-appreciated in his country, but thankfully loved all over the world.

Zdzisław Beksiński (pronounced [ˈzd͡ʑiswaf bɛkˈɕiɲskʲi]; 24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism.

Beksiński did his paintings and drawings in what he called either a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods.

The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of “utopian realism” and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario.

The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.

Zdzisław Beksiński Death

Beksiński was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment in February 2005 by a 19-year-old acquaintance from Wołomin. Reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.

Many have been inspired by Beksiński’s art. In Poland, his works influenced many rock musicians, and lately the creators of the point and click adventure video game Tormentum.

The noted Mexican film-maker Guillermo del Toro, who directed the Oscar-winning film Pan’s Labyrinth, is a known admirer of Beksiński’s works. A Polish film focusing on the family’s life after 1977, entitled Ostatnia Rodzina / The Last Family is set to premiere in 2016.

Zdzisław Beksiński Personality

Although Beksiński’s art was often grim, he himself was known to be a pleasant person who took enjoyment from conversation and had a keen sense of humor.

He was modest and somewhat shy, avoiding public events such as the openings of his own exhibitions. In addition, He credited music as his main source of inspiration.

He claimed not to be much influenced by literature, cinema or the work of other artists, and almost never visited museums or exhibitions.

Beksiński avoided concrete analysis of the content of his work, saying

“I cannot conceive of a sensible statement on painting”.

He was especially dismissive of those who sought or offered simple answers to what his work ‘meant’. 


Zdzislaw Beksinski Surrealism Painting
Zdzislaw Beksinski Surrealism Painting


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