Iconic Poster Artist Ryszard Kaja Dies Aged 57

Wrocław-based artist Ryszard Kaja, best known for his characteristic posters depicting Polish culture and locations, has died aged 57.

Tributes for the much-loved poster artist have been pouring in ever since the tragic news broke this morning. Ryszard passed away in a Legnica hospital just before 6am; we do not yet have any information as to the cause of death. 

Ryszard studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan in 1984 and went on to work as chief designer at the Grand Theatre in Łódż. He also had a stint at the Opera and Operetta in Szczecin, where he worked as stage designer.


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However it is Ryszard’s posters, inspired by the style deployed by his father Zbigniew, that the artist is best known for. Many of them were made here in Wrocław using conventional paints and pencils, as well as materials like coffee grounds, tea and ash.

The characteristic artworks can be seen in the Kino Nowe Horyzonty gift shop, as well as the Polish Poster Gallery. At the latter venue you can find almost all of Ryszard’s posters – we highly recommend a visit.

With a great sense of loss and regret, we would like to inform you that today our closest friend – Ryszard Kaja – has left us.

We will miss him very much even though he is here forever.

Ryszard Kaja died today in the hospital in Legnica at dawn. We share the pain felt by the family, relatives and friends of the great artist.

Joanna and Krzysztof Marcinkiewicz, Polish Poster Gallery

Gregor Gowans

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