Prof. Stefan Gierowski was a Polish painter and an avant garde artist of post-war Poland. For many years he was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw where he earned numerous distinctions. He passed away on August 14 at the age of 97.
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After graduation, Gierowski searched for his own creative path, at first he practiced figurative painting, later his works included the influences of cubism. In 1957, the artist began to create abstract painting. Since then, he has stopped giving titles to his works, consistently marking them with Roman numbers. He painted mainly with color, works with a rich texture. Around 1960, the tendencies towards the geometric structure of the picture appeared in Gierowski’s works. Thanks to Gierowski’s efforts, several dozen exhibition spaces subordinate to the association were opened throughout Poland.
In 1965, he opened his own atelier and began educating his students. His teaching style was characterised by a friendly approach, openness and a programme based on general painting issues such as colour or genre. Over the years, Gierowski’s studio has produced over a hundred graduates, including Marian Czapla, Krzysztof Wachowiak, Jarosław Modzelewski, Marek Sobczyk, Ryszard Woźniak, Włodzimierz Pawlak, Tomasz Milanowski, Antoni Starowieyski and Jerzy Kalina.