This post from the series “Boleslawiec artistic community” was prepared within the framework of the project “Boleslawiec – 30 years of local government” implemented by the Museum of Ceramics and the Boleslawiec Cultural Center – International Ceramics Center
Mieczysław Kozłowski was born in Poznań. He began his artistic education at the State Secondary School of Fine Arts in Poznań. In the years 1968-1973, he studied at the State Higher School of Visual Arts (currently the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts) in Wrocław, where he obtained a diploma in easel painting in the atelier of docent Alfons Mazurkiewicz and architectural painting in the atelier of Professor Mieczysław Zdanowicz. From 1974 to 1981 he worked as an art and photography instructor at the Bolesławiec Cultural Centre. From 1975 to 1981, he held the position of district visual artist. From 1981 to 1989 he was employed as a decoration designer at the “Bolesławiec” Ceramic Works.
He was a multi-talented artist. He was involved in painting, artistic and applied graphics, including computer graphics, as well as photography and ceramics. He created both large-scale oil paintings and pastels and small-scale watercolours, as well as tiles and other ceramic products. His favourite subject was landscape, in which he expressed his admiration for nature. He emphasised composition with rich colours. He used luminous colours, giving the impression of the painting’s surface rippling, and he was excellent at chiaroscuro.
In addition to this, he designed decorations and scenographies, as well as the visual setting for municipal celebrations. His oeuvre includes designs for the logo of the “Wiza” Artistic Ceramics Company, the trademark for artistic decorations for the “Bolesławiec” Ceramic Works, the logo of the Bolesławiec Refractory Works, the “Primus Inter Pares” medal for the now-defunct No. 8 Primary School in Bolesławiec, and the “Distinguished Service to the Bolesławiec Area” medal. Between 1979 and 1980, he realised six architectural mural paintings placed on the walls of buildings in the centre of Bolesławiec. He is also the author of the image of the national emblem and the city coat of arms located in the Council Chamber of the Bolesławiec Town Hall.
Mieczysław Kozłowski’s paintings and graphic works can be found in private collections in Poland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and the United States.
1977 “Inner Worlds”, painting and drawing exhibition, Bolesławiec Cultural Centre, Bolesławiec.
1979 Painting exhibition, Bolesławiec Cultural Centre, Bolesławiec. Exhibition of Painting, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec Wystawa malarstwa, Muzeum Ceramiki, Bolesławiec
1994 Exhibition of Painting, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
1995 Exhibition of Painting, “Format” Gallery/City Public Library, Bolesławiec
1996 Exhibition of paintings and ceramics, Gallery “Promotions” ODK, Jelenia Góra
1999 Exhibition of paintings, “Promotions” Gallery ODK, Jelenia Góra
2004 “Spacery” Painting Exhibition, Gallery “Format” / Municipal Public Library, Bolesławiec
2011 Exhibition of Painting, “Promocje” Gallery ODK, Jelenia Góra, “Pasja Tworzenia” exhibition of paintings, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
2016 „Z zachwytu nad światem. Twórczość Mieczysława Kozłowskiego”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
1971 Exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the State Higher School of Visual Arts, National Museum, Wrocław
1973 Plein-air Symposium of Creative Communities, Augustów
1975 “Creative Presentations”, Museum of Architecture, Wrocław
1977 “Presentations of Jelenia Gora”, BWA, Jelenia Góra
1978 Exhibition of the Jelenia Gora group of “young”, BWA, Jelenia Góra
1982 “Ceramics of the Boleslawiec Ceramic Works”, 2nd exhibition of the “Jeleniogórskie Wzornictwo Przemysłowe” series, BWA, Jelenia Gora
1983-1988 “Polish Industrial Design”, Centre for Polish Information and Culture in Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Berlin
1985 “40th Anniversary of Wrocław”, Museum of Architecture, Wrocław
1987 “Design of Swarzędz Furniture Factories”, exhibition combined with a presentation of products of the Ceramic Plants “Bolesławiec”, Institute of Industrial Design, Warsaw
1993 “Ceramicy Bolesławieccy”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec
“Jelenia Góra Presentations”, BWA, Jelenia Góra
1995 Post-exhibition of the National Ceramic and Sculpture Plein-air, Bolesławiec, Jelenia Góra
2020 “Artists of the Bolesławiec Area”, Museum of Ceramics, Bolesławiec