Wladyslaw Pluta

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Wladyslaw Pluta attended the National School of Fine Arts in Krakow from 1963 to 1968 and over the next six years he studied at the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He immediately began to work teaching at his alma mater. Wladyslaw first served as deputy dean, for the next three years as Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design, eventually heading the Department of Visual Communication. During this time he also ran a series of classes for students of foreign universities: Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana (1995), Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone in Great Britain (1997, 1999 ), the Ecole des Beaux -Arts in Toulouse (1997, 1998), Hungarian University of Crafts and Design in Budapest (1997), Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (1997), École de Design Universite du Quebec a Montreal (1999), Accademia di Comunicazione di Milano (2000, 2001), and in 2002 conducted workshops with Czech students.

Wladyslaw’s posters featured at several solo exhibitions and dozens of exhibitions related to international events. He has won prizes in major competitions, jurying many, and a member of the Association of Polish Artists, the Society of Graphic Designers, Industrial Designers Association, and the Commission ergonomic Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Wladyslaw Pluta is associated mainly with the poster, but is also involved in book design, magazine design, corporate identity systems, brochures, signs, and graphic arts. Designing in the realm of books brought him numerous awards and  collaborates with publishers White Raven, Buffi, BOSZ, Printing House, and bookseller St. Adalbert.

Wladyslaw Pluta continued designing the concise concept poster which is a well-known character from his experiences with the Polish School. In the mid- eighties Wladyslaw’s poster designs are unique, fresh, cheerful, energetic, pure, using a composition obtained with contrasting white, red and black. Wladyslaw shows a tendency to use seemingly symmetrical settings, eliminating the background, and smoothing the surface. 

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"Pluta is a master of the first impact. Most of his posters work for me like a nail driven into the brain, attacking a string of associations, and then finishes with the incoming signal own experience." - says Krzysztof Lenk.

Wladyslaw Pluta is in a group of Polish graphic artists able to smoothly move from the traditional to current design. Looking at the posters, you can easily identify those that arose in the new techniques. Observing multiple typefaces and sporadically placing photograph. He did not harm your computer. He opened the door to a new study. Wladyslaw came to the challenge with past intellectual achievements. Using vector geometry Wladyslaw’s constructivist tendencies deepened. Wladyslaw will sometime look to the past of the Polish poster, revealing a graphic workshop (City of Angels, 1990), or painting (International Flute Competition, 1999). Despite the undeniable characteristics of the Polish School, Wladyslaw’s posters are easily recognizable, as there is no way to assign them to another author.

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Today the Polish poster is at a crossroads and professor Pluta looks to the future with optimism.

2017 History of Graphic Design

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