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Day 20: Zdzisław Beksiński

By Sam Reeve

So, the first thing that most people think (maybe just me?) when seeing Zdzisław Beksiński‘s name is “How the hell do I pronounce that?” SO I looked up Polish phonetics and figured that shit out. Z-JIH-SWAV BECK-SHINKY. Close enough, anyway. Just remember that the weird-looking L sounds like our W and their W is our V.

Anyway, Zdzisław was born in southern Poland in 1929. He was always uninterested in people’s interpretations of his work and said himself that he didn’t understand the meanings of his paintings. In the 90’s he started using computers to create digital art, but I’m really more of a fan of his paintings (you’ll see a couple at the end). In 2005 Zdzisław was murdered by his caretaker’s son. Apparently he had been asked for a loan and had refused.

Click here to see a full gallery of his work. The site is in Polish, but it’s not hard to figure out.

6 responses

  1. Seems like the guy was into “decay”.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:18 pm

  2. Anonymous

    I’ve loved his paintings for a while, and had no idea he did such hideous digital art (yuck!). Thanks for the tips on pronouncing his name, I’ve always just called him Z-Man.
    I’d recommend you check out Tsutomu Nihei. He does really great cyberpunk manga, and his monsters remind me of some of Z-whatever’s more biological stuff, but bonier and in ink. Plus, talking bears!

    December 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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  6. Anonymous

    Очень хороший художник,его не спутать ни с кем!

    May 5, 2015 at 3:27 am

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