Piotr Kunce Poster Gallery
Piotr J. Kunce
Born on February 6th, 1947 in Krakow in a family with artistic traditions. His grandfather, Stefan Filipkiewicz, was a painter and a professor at the same Academy where Piotr worked from 1973 until 2017.
Piotr graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (Poland) preparing diploma work in poster design and lithography.
Since 1981 he was the head of Poster Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków where he worked as a full professor.
From 2005 until 2017 he was also a professor at Matej Bela University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. From 1990 – 1991 he worked at the School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut, USA as a visiting professor.
As he also worked in the area of printmaking, the real field of his creation became a poster. He is a graphic designer whose hundreds of layouts, logos, and posters primarily operate in the visual space. For years he became one of the leading representatives of Polish poster design. Up to this point, it took him a passion and dedication to the field of his interest. For each work, he tries to approach it differently. He moves in different styles because each subject is treated by him as a new and different challenge. His works were shown at most international exhibitions of Poster Art throughout the world.
The biggest shows of his creation were in Museu Oscar Niemeyer – Curitiba (2011), Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo (2012) – Brasil, Imam Ali Museum of Art in Tehran (2013) – Iran, National Gallery of Art in Lviv – Ukraine (2014). The last one presented 150 poster works.
Besides poster making, he is a specialist in visual identification design. In this field, he has many profound achievements.
He has run several workshops on poster art around the world: Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iran, India, Mexico, and Slovakia. In 2002 he was the president of the jury at the International Poster Biennial in Mexico City and a member of the jury at 23. International Poster Biennial in Warsaw in 2012.
In 2005 he got an award of “Universal Friendship of All Nations” given at Universidad Anahuac del Sur in Mexico City which he is very proud of. He is also a doctor of honoris causa of Matej Bela University in Banska Bystrica – Slovakia. For his achievements, he was decorated with Polonia Restituta Officer Cross in Poland.
He loves absurd English poetry and Alice in Wonderland is a book that he strongly recommended to his students. Up to now The Left-handed designer – book by Seymour Chwast is one of his bibles and works of Push Pin Studio from N.Y.
He says: Poster design is a school of thinking. The poster sitting simultaneously on two saddles: the visual information and art is a duke of graphic design. Poster designers are aristocrats in this very democratic country Posterland.
Asked about his hobby, he answers: reading non-sense literature (mainly English and American) and looking the poster art albums. Loves blues and rock and roll but Nino Rota and Paolo Conte as well. Also red wine in a good companion. Two kids: Konrad – graphic and UI/UX designer (born 1972) and Gaja – musician (born 1982). Grandfather of Lea (born 2015) and Emma (born 2018).