Artophilia  •  2145   •  1 March 2018

Józef Panfil

Józef Panfil was born in 1958 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, in 1984 he graduated from the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Łódź (currently Academy of Fine Arts of Władysław Strzemiński), for many years he has lived and created in Smardzewice – a picturesque town close to  Sulejowski Lake in the Lodzkie Voivodship . This is one of the most talented and popular contemporary Polish painters, who specializes in immortalizing the so-called pure landscape, although the impressive oeuvre includes as well psychologizing portraits, originally framed fragments of architecture and atmospheric views of sacral interiors, also deprived of human staffage.

Starting from a reliable, realistic set of skills, supported by great sensitivity to the nuances of color, light and composition, the artist has developed his own painting style, although drawing is equally important in the creative process, which is why pencil-based sketches are created, documenting the “examination” of the motif. Considered as a continuator of traditions of the Polish landscape school, with equal commitment he captures views of the Polish countryside, historic architecture of Cracow, Lublin, Kazimierz Dolny and many other Polish towns, as well as landscapes from southern Europe: Greece, Croatia, Italy, Spain, France – created during many travels of the artist as of 1994.

Panfil took part in many open air workshops, he received a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and Art in 1987 and was awarded and honored in such prestigious competitions as the Contemporary Painting Festival in Szczecin, National Exhibition of Bielska Jesień Painting in Bielsko-Biała, Biennale of Small Painting Forms in Toruń, International Triennial of Contemporary Portrait in Radom. He lectured at the Higher School of Pedagogy in Piotrków Trybunalski, he conducted seminars on drawing and painting at the European Academy of Arts in Warsaw. Unrelated to any environment or artistic group, for over 40 years has consistently followed his own creative path, developing a recognizable and valued by the beholders style.