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Lubomir Tomaszewski


b. 1922

Painting, Sculpture

Tomaszewski was born in Warsaw, Poland. His interest in the visual world started very early in his childhood; he drew before he could speak. He is the third generation of artists from his mother’s side of the family. Influenced by his father, an engineer and inventor, young Lubomir turned toward engineering, but not for long. After couple of years of technical education, Tomaszewski attended a school of drawing. His higher education started with engineering, then gradually switched to architecture at the Warsaw Polytechnic, and then to sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He was quickly recognized as a leading sculptor of his generation by winning many national competitions. Tomaszewski created numerous sculptures and projects for the reconstruction of the Old Town in Warsaw, and he took first prize in the sculpture competition for decorating the square of the Palace of Culture and Science (1955). A great patriot, who at 16 became an army volunteer in 1939, participated in the Warsaw Insurrection, and was taken as a prisoner of war to Germany in 1944, could not allow himself to become one of those artists bowing to the communist regime. He returned to his roots as an inventor/engineer and worked as an industrial designer, again becoming recognized nationally and abroad, with exhibits in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Norway.
In 1966 he immigrated to the United States, looking for the freedom to create his art, as he wanted it to be, and not what the government allowed in Poland. He could now pursue his ambitions in sculpture. He started in a new direction, which he called ‘Inspired by Nature’. Remnants of nature – freshly unearthed rock and fallen tree limbs – that stimulate his imagination, are dramatically utilized in combination with copper, bronze, and other metals to create his figurative sculptures. “When Lubomir Tomaszewski looks at a rock, he sees a piece of sculpture. Something in the layering, the shape, the natural formation suggests to him the body of an animal or bird.” (The New York Times 11/5/76).
His sculptures and paintings are in many corporate and private collections, as well as museums in the Unites States, Poland, Germany, France, England, Japan and South America.
Tomaszewski’s paintings, using burned, charred or singed paper, are two-dimensional works depicting strong emotions such as the tragedy and joy of life. As with his sculptures, he uses a manmade material, paper, with a natural element, fire.
In 1994, Tomaszewski, along with another artist and dancer, established a group called “In Tune With Nature.” Their evocative art had strong ties to Nature and elicited dramatic emotional responses from audiences. Attracting other artists who were equally passionate and humanistic, the group expanded into a multimedia movement with a strong emphasis on feeling, mood and expression. They call their movement, “Emotionalism.” Their successful shows in USA, France, Germany and Poland have created powerful ties between the members of the group, all of whom ambitiously promote its views.

Podarunek Ewy /Eve Gift
Ponad troskami /Concerns Over
Wzlot /Rising
Zachód /Western

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