Wojciech Zaniewski was born in Gdańsk, Poland, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, obtaining the diploma under Kazimierz Ostrowski in 1979. He expresses himself in classical techniques: oil, pastel and watercolour. Mr Zaniewski has travelled extensively for his art, for example, to England, Germany, Russia, Italy, the USA. Zaniewski has participated in many group exhibitions both in Poland, in cities such as Sopot, Gdynia, Warsaw, Katowice, Nowy Sącz (International Pastel Biennial 2011), Cracow, and abroad in Denmark, Japan, France (Salon de Pastels 2012, Saint-Aulaye), as well as solo exhibitions in Gdańsk, Sopot, Warsaw’s Zapiecek Gallery and New York among others.
Wojciech Zaniewski has won several awards and honourable mentions in competitions. In 1986, as an Italian government scholarship holder (via Poland’s Ministry of Culture and Art), he interned at Rome’s Accademia delle Belle Arti under Prof. Sandro Trotti. For more than a decade, he worked at the Academy of Fine Arts. Zaniewski currently works with the University of Gdańsk where he runs art workshops. In 1995, he earned a doctorate in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. In 2009, he became member of the Polish Pastel Society (SSP). He was awarded grants by the Marshal of the Pomorskie Region in 2008 and 2014, and by the Mayor of Sopot in 2011. He also authored a book on art: “Dokąd zmierza współczesna sztuka. Eseje o historii sztuki jej rozwoju i perspektywach” [Where Is Contemporary Art Headed. Essays on the history of art, its development and prospects]. In 2016, he received the Minister of Culture’s Award.
In parallel to his creative activities, Zaniewski was also the initiator and the driving force behind two important art events: the Krytycy o Nas [Critics about Us] national exhibition of Poland’s young painting (Sopot BWA Gallery, 1989) and the Malarskie Widzenie [Painter’s Way of Seeing] art book, Gdańsk, 1994.
Zaniewski’s art was presented in the nation-wide Sztuka [Art] bi-monthly and in the publications of the Gdańsk Society of the Arts. The artist’s works are housed in many collections, including Poland’s National Art Gallery in Sopot and the National Museum in Gdańsk, Musee du Pastel in Saint-Aulaye, France, Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Sopot City Hall, corporate collections (MAG Gdynia Maritime Agency), and in many private collections, both in Poland and abroad, in Germany, Japan, Sweden, USA, Canada and France.