Michel Quarez receives the Jan Lenica Award '16
received from Ania Grabowska-Konvent
Michel Quarez in his personal exhibition during the Warsaw International Poster Biennale 2008
Laureate of the Jan Lenica Award '16
Born in 1938 in Damascus, Syria.
Lives and works in Saint-Denis near Paris.
He is a one of the great poster painters amongst contemporary French poster designers. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bordeaux and at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He continued his studies and worked with Henryk Tomaszewski at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 1961. His serious interest in poster dates back to the 1980s, to the period of radical changes in the French artistic environment, although he never joined any collective ateliers popular at that time. For years, he has been living and working in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. There he created his painted poster compositions, in which gesture and colour seem to ignore the edges of the paper. He designs posters of various sizes, using a traditional painting workshop. In his works, he often raises weighty social issues ie. human rights, AIDS, problems of local communities, which transpose into the graphic language of the poster itself.