Pawel Kowalewski

Polish artist, academic tutor and businessman. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where since 1985 he has been a lecturer at the Department of Design. Even during his studies he was heavily involved in the development of the independent art scene. Paweł Kowalewski is a founder of the legendary artistic formation “Gruppa” and an icon of the Polish art of 80s. His works from that period are an important commentary to the times of communism in Poland. The crowning moment for his artistic career was a participation in the Documenta in Kassel in 1987. After many exhibitions both nationally and abroad (in Isy Brachot’s gallery, Dorotheum, NS-DOKU Munich) some of Kowalewski's works became the icons of Polish art, e.g. a painting “Mon Cheri Bolscheviq” that is in The Starak Family Foundation or piece “Forbidden/Europeans only” based on the photography from 1992 from the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. Kowalewski is also the author of the famous installation “Totalitarianism Simulator” (a technical machine where the world of oppression and drastic images of the crimes committed during totalitarian times, are presented next to scenes from a normal everyday life). Kowalewski’s works can be found in the largest Polish museums, as well as in many national and international private collections.

In 1991 Paweł Kowalewski set up his own advertising agency “Communication Unlimited” - one of the first independent advertising agencies in Poland. He is also one of the first members of the IAA Poland International Advertising Association (since 1993), he was elected for the President of the Association four times and served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IAA Poland three times. He is the only Pole in the structures of IAA Global. Paweł Kowalewski has been nominated for member of the IAA Global Board in 2009 and later Vice President for Europe.