BIOGRAPHY



GREGOR ZIOLKOWSKI
honored with the title Professor of Arts and Membership of Accademia Internazionale "Greci-Marino",
Accademia Del Verbano di Lettere, Arti, Scienze (Vinzaglio / Italy)


Born 1950 in Wroclaw / Poland. 1964-1969 attended State High School of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Panstwowe Liceum Sztuk Plastycznych) - Painting Workshop by Prof. Krzeslawa Maliszewska. 1969-1972 studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Panstwowa Wyzsza Szkola Sztuk Plastycznych) - Painting Workshop by Prof. Józef Halas.
At this time are created watercolor and oil paintings - landscapes and still lifes painted in the impressionistic style.
Since 1984 domiciled in Ratingen / Germany. By and by the realistic-impressionistic painting turns into surrealism, whereas a couple of oil pastels come into existence beside the oil paintings, accompanied by deeper themes and ideas.
The works are characterized by not trite, deep colours and mystical light. Painted freely, often with broader brush, they leave for the viewer a lot of space to his own interpretation. He gets the opportunity to write own content in the work thanks to this he receives it more intensely and personally. The content of the pictures is given in a very painterly way, without going into unnecessary details - this feature is a remnant of the early impressionist paintings. It remains just that, what is necessary to give the clear message. Author defines his style of painting as a "romantic surrealism". It differs from other directions of surrealism such as fantastic or abstract surrealism. The aim is to express the feelings and thoughts without breaking the rationality. This allows the feet on the ground while swing in the clouds – so be awake and dream. A small amount of symbols is a complement to the creative process, which is an attempt to look at each other and the surroundings from a different perspective as well as to provoke thinking. Each work contains an emotional charge.
Participation in many national and international exhibitions and won awards are an encouragement to continue the chosen way. The great promotion is the fact, that some publishing houses in Brazil and Germany have used this works as teaching materials in school books - eg. "Philosophy of a higher level," released in Germany.
Some of the works are privately owned in the USA, Sweden, France, Germany, Holland and Poland.
Since 2004 follow invitations to international biennials and exhibitions - Paris, London, Montreal, Salzburg, Strasbourg, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Cremona...

Works in public possession:

- Portuguese Printing Press Museum, Porto / Portugal
- House of Humour and Satire , Gabrovo / Bulgaria
- The Iowa Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Miniature Prints, Kirkwood / USA
- City Art Gallery "Epicentrum", Chelmek / Poland
- Ratingen City Council / Germany