Roman Cieślewicz  

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"The poster for Adam Mickiewicz's play The Forefathers, performed at the National Theatre in Warsaw in 1967, was designed by Roman Cieślewicz." --Political Posters in Central and Eastern Europe 1945-1995 (1999) by James Aulich and Marta Sylvestrová

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Roman Cieślewicz (born 1930, 13 January in Lwów Poland now Lviv Ukraine as Roman Cieślewicz - died 1996, 21 January in Paris, France) was a Polish (naturalized French) graphic artist and photographer.



He studied at Cracow Academy of Fine Arts from 1949 to 1954. He was artistic editor of "Ty i Ja" monthly (Warsaw) 1959-1962 . In 1963 he moved to France and naturalized in 1971.

He worked as art director of Vogue, Elle (1965-1969) and Mafia - advertising agency (1969-1972) and was artistic creator of Opus International (1967-1969). Kitsch (1970-1971) and Cnac-archives (1971-11974). Taught at the Ecole Superieure d'Arts Graphiques (ESAG) in Paris. In 1976 he produced his "reviev of panic information" - "Kamikaze"/No. 1/ published by Christian Bourgois.

In 1991 he produced "Kamikaze 2" with Agnes B..

He took part in numerous group exhibitions of graphic, poster and photographic art and was a member of AGI International Graphic Association.


Major awards

  • 1964 - Grand Prix, International Exhibition of Film Posters in Karlove Vary (Czech Republic)
  • 1964 - Gold Medal, 1st Biennial of Industrial Forms in Ljubljana (Yugoslavia)
  • 1972 - Gold Medal, 4th International Biennial of Posters in Warsaw (Poland)
  • 1979 - Grand Prix for posters in Paris (France)
  • 1984 - Bronze Medal, International Biennial of Posters
  • 1990 - Grand Prix of "Art Graphique" (France)
  • 1991 - Excellence Prize at Biennial of Graphic in Zagreb (Yugoslavia)
  • 1992 - President Price, Biennial of Applied Graphic in Brno (Slovakia)
  • 1993 – Second price, Poster Biennale Lahti (Finland)


  • 1972 - Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris France
  • 1973 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Holland
  • 1974 - Muzeum Plakatu, Warsaw Poland
  • 1978 - Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Holland
  • 1981 - Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan Poland
  • 1984 - Kunsthalle, Darmstadt Germany
  • 1986 - Galeria BWA, Łódź Poland
  • 1987 - Galerie de Pret, Angres France
  • 1993 - The Polish Museum of America, Chicago USA
  • 1993 - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France
  • 1994 - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki Wspolczesnej Zacheta, Warsaw Poland
  • 1998 - Muzeum Plakatu, Warsaw Poland

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