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April 2, 2011 - May 29, 2011
The Museum of the Zakopane Style at Koliba villa
ul. Kościeliska 18, Zakopane

An exhibition from a series to showcase the artistic work of Zakopane's contemporary artists, presents the work of Franciszek Wójcik (1903-1984) who spent most of his life in Zakopane, creating and participating in the local artistic life. The exhibition displays chosen Tatra and Podhale landscapes from the collection of the artist's granddaughter.


Franciszek Wójcik was one of the most prolific post-war painters  in the Zakopane region. His works were displayed at more than 50 individual exhibitions in Poland and abroad and at numerous collective exhibitions in Poland. He was closely connected with Zakopane’s artistic milieu and a member of the Polish Association of Artists and Designers. His paintings won several awards.

Wójcik was born in Wojciechów near Lublin and spent his childhood in Cieszyn. After being interned during the First World War and doing  military service, he settled in Kresy (the Eastern borderlands of Poland). Later, he moved to Kraków, where he painted and worked as a coach of the Polish Gymnastic Society „Sokół”.

In 1923, he completed a course at the art department of the State Industrial School in Lwów, then studied at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts between 1932 and 1939. After graduation, he received a scholarship at Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome.

His studies in Kraków under professor Stanisław Kamocki’s direction and their later friendship had a big impact on Wójcik’s work which had close connections with the Realism movement in art; the artist’s  favourite areas of creation were landscape, portrait and still-life. He also painted church interiors. Wójcik employed different techniques, such as tempera, watercolour and pastel, but he preferred oil painting. When he settled in Zakopane, he painted mostly landscapes of the Tatra mountains and the Podhale region. Many of his paintings can still be found in private collections.

The present exhibition showcases the landscapes from the family collection.

Helena Pitoń

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Mount Giewont

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