Ryszard Woźniak (born 1956) – painter, performance artist, art theoretician, pedagogue. He is a graduate of the Painting Faculty at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. Since 1992, he has worked as a professor of painting at the University of Zielona Góra. He co-founded Gruppa – the most important Polish art group of the 80s – and took part in almost all of its actions and exhibitions.
Gruppa’s painting is often associated with the European neo-expressionism movement of the 80s, with its distinctively dynamic compositions, dissonant use of colours and rough, symbolic forms. Members of the group frequently referred to current political events and the reality of life in Poland under the martial law. Over time, the spectre of subjects of Woźniak’s canvases broadened with religious and philosophical issues, as well as thoughts upon art itself in a variety of its meanings and aspects.
His works are located in Poland’s most important collections, i.a. the National Museum in Warsaw, the National Museum in Cracow, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, the Museum of Art in Lodz, the Silesian Museum in Katowice, the ING Polish Art Foundation, the BPH Bank Collection and more.