Polish, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 24 February 1929, in Sanok, Poland; died 2005 in Warsaw.
Painter, draughtsman, sculptor, photographer. Figure compositions.
Though trained as an architect at the Cracow University of Technology, Zdzislaw Beksinski hardly practised that profession. As soon as he finished his studies, he worked in 1957–1958 as a photographer and his exhibitions attracted public interest. Aware of Man Ray and Raoul Ubac’s 1930–1940 experiments, he used the medium to explore the expression of his personal fantasies. Sadist’s Corsets, one of his most famous photos, exhibits this exploration of fantasies, which included brute sexuality and sadism. From the early 1960s, he abandoned photography for sculpture and began to attract additional attention. His sculptural objectives seemed more oriented towards exploring the plastic, as opposed to the fantastic, possibilities of sculpture. He also took up painting and drawing from 1960 onwards and pursued this intensively until at least 1974...