Opening Reception, Monday, April 25, 4:30-6:30, UW Club, Colleen Rohrbaugh Room. Kazimierz Poznanski is a collector of Chinese modernist painting, and an accomplished painter whose work has been featured in galleries throughout Canada, the United States, and China. His large-scale landscapes and colorful urban scenes, using rice paper and Chinese traditional water-based pigments, are highly appreciated in China.
Poznanski is respected in China as a Chinese style painter who has mastered the most delicate nuances of ink and water.
In 2002, his work was exhibited at the Sichuan Art Museum in Chengdu, and in 2004, at the Xiamen City Gallery. Poznanski has also been featured in popular Chinese art and design publications.
Recently, Poznanski began executing his landscapes in oil. In his work with oil, he has maintained a focus on nature that is characteristic of Chinese traditional art. He has also drawn inspiration from the Northwest. In 2010 he received an Honorable Mention in the International Juried Competition organized by Fabrik Magazine, based in Los Angeles. The influential Peter Frank, formerly the chief art critic for New York’s Village Voice, and currently for the LA Weekly, commented on Poznanski’s work: “As a visual artist, he has a tender eye for the most varied of subjects – most particularly landscapes of imposing grandeur or surprising intimacy — all of which he paints with a formal all of which he paints with a formal rigor derived from cubism and, by startling but appealing contrast, a rich, gentle palette.”
Poznanski was born in Poland, and has lived in the United States since 1980. Before coming to the UW in 1987, he taught at Princeton, Cornell, and Northwestern Universities. His academic achievements are equally as impressive as his artistic success. Poznanski comes from a family with a long tradition of painting and art collecting. His grand uncle Otto Ostrihansky (1895-1970) was a Vienna-based Austrian painter and art professor. See Prof. Poznanski’s website.