“I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams.”
Polish surrealist artist Zdzisław Beksiński was a leader in dystopian surrealism, creating paintings and sculptures that combined apocalyptic themes and imagery with genuine human drama and excruciating empathy. While his work contains echoes of fellow surrealists Salvador Dali and H.R. Giger, along with 16th Century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, Beksiński has a style all his own; an instantly recognizable trademark that instantly evokes both sympathy and terror.
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.
While he lived a relatively long life, Beksiński’s career was cut tragically short; again, per Wikipedia:
On 21 February 2005, Beksiński was found dead in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds on his body; two of the wounds were determined to have been fatal. Robert Kupiec, the teenage son of his longtime caretaker, and a friend were arrested shortly after the crime.
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