Jarosław ModzelewskiBORN 1955, Warszawa
Jarosław Modzelewski’s artistic path could be summarised shortly: from wildness to classicism. In 1982, he co-founded the neo-expressionist Gruppa collective, which combined painting with socio-political commentary, incorporating humour, pastiche, and irony in their work. In the mid-1990s, his style changed: the backgrounds becoming simpler, the colours more intense. With his depiction of simple activities and his fascination with daily life, Modzelewski had a powerful influence on the generation of painters that debuted in the late 1990s, such as the members of the Ładnie collective. Modzelewski graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, having earned his degree in painting with Prof. Stefan Gierowski. In 1997, he assumed the chair of painting at his alma mater.