Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor.
Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksiński specialized in depicting bleak and depressing scenes from sci-fi stories. A tragic murder ended his life. Our guide examines his best works and recounts his woes.
After exploring sculpting, photography, and finally painting, he developed an interest in the medium.
He was remembered by those who knew him as a kind, funny, and well-measured man who took little interest in overanalyzing his own work. Beksinskis pictures seem beyond creepy and bleak, but the artist actually liked them, he thought they were more hopeful than apocalyptic.
The late 90’s were a difficult time for Zdzislaw Beksinski; his wife passed away in 1998, then one year later, his son committed suicide on Christmas eve, and Beksiński found his body. The talented artist’s situation was about to worsen even further. A dispute erupted at Beksinski Warsaw flat in February 2005, when the son of the caretaker was arguing with him.
He was irritated with Beksinski because he refused to lend him $100. Therefore, he stabbed him 17 times to death.
The style of paintings and drawings made by Beksi*ski can be described either as Baroque or Gothic. There were two main periods in which he created his works.
A strong influence of the utopian realism style and surreal architecture can be seen in the first phase of the paintings, which depict a doomsday scenario.
With its main characteristics of formalism, the second period possessed an abstract style.
Painting and drawing
As an artist, Zdzisław Beksiński lacked formal training. His paintings mainly utilized oil paint on hardboard panels that he prepared himself, although he also used acrylic paints. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Kraków Polytechnic in 1952 with an MSc. Beksinski enjoyed classical music while he painted.