Zbigniew Warpechowski

Performance in III Parts

Entarctic Shelf Festival: 23 June – 3 July, 1995


Zbigniew Warpechovski was born on October 10th, 1938, in Płoski in Wołyń (USSR). He is a performer, painter, poet, and author of numerous books about theories of contemporary art, and a doyen of Polish performance art who calls himself ‘an avant-guard traditionalist’.

Between 1956 and 1962, he studied architecture at Kraków University of Technology, and from 1964 until 1965 he was a student of the faculty of industrial forms at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Since 1985, he has been a member of Grupa Krakowska (the Kraków Group), and since 1986 – of the legendary Black Market, an international group of eight performers staging performances together twice a year on different continents.
Up until now (2015), Warpechowski has presented over 320 performances in many European, Asian, and North American countries. His paintings are in collections of the Museum of Art in Łódź, the National Museums in Warszawa and Wrocław, the Leon Wyczółkowski Museum in Bydgoszcz, and the Museum in Koszalin. He designed film sets for eight feature films, out of which four were directed by Gregorz Królikiewicz. Since 1992, Warpechowski has been collaborating with Zderzak gallery in Kraków. He lives and works in Sandomierz.

In 1997, Warpechowski received the Minister of Arts and Culture Award in recognition of his 30-year-long activity in the realm of performance art. In 2003, he received Father Józef Sadzik’s Award for ‘non-conformity, unpretentiousness, and uniqueness, for opposition to the ephemeral, the superficial, the for-sale-only.