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“KAJA JI”- Polish graphic designer Ryszard Kaja’s first solo exhibition in India

KAJA JI
CULTURAL AND TRAVEL POSTERS FROM POLSKA BY RYSZARD KAJA

26th February – 11th March 2016
Venue: 67 Jor Bagh, New Delhi 110003

The Polish Institute in New Delhi was thrilled to host graphic designer Ryszard Kaja’s first solo exhibition in India. The exhibition consisted of 20 posters which presented interesting examples of contemporary Polish poster art with clear references to its artistic traditions.

Ryszard Kaja (born 1962, Poznań) is a contemporary poster artist, painter, stage and costume designer, as well as a keen traveler who has visited India multiple times. He studied at Poznań’s Uniwersytet Artystyczny. The first period of his artistic career revolved around stage design. He worked as chief designer at the Grand Theatre in Poznań (1995-2000) and at the Grand Theatres in Łódź (1999-2000) and Szczecin. Since then he has created nearly 200 theatre, ballet and opera sets practicing the art of scenography in Poland and abroad, apart from having designed a few cinematic sets. In 2000 Ryszard decided to leave the realm of theatre and started a career as a poster artist. Today he is regarded as one of the most popular, easily recognizable award-winning contemporary poster designers in Poland. His works advertise cultural events, festivals, and exhibitions. He is also the author of a series of posters called Poland consisting of more than 120 travel prints. The collection promotes Polish cities and showcases their unique features, so that each city is easily identifiable. Techniques, references and aesthetic quotes from the distinctive tradition of Polish poster art are defining characteristics of his work. In an increasingly digital world he calls himself ‘an outsider’, since he doesn’t limit his practice to digital art. In fact, he uses everything around him – from pen, pencil and ink to coffee grounds, tea and ash, which ensures his works are highly unique and personalized. He designs his posters in a similar fashion – juxtaposing the ordinariness of daily observations, banality and stereotypes with the subtleness of art and graphics.