'Throughout the painting process, I am flooded by glimpses of faces, and memories of people I knew or was dreaming of. The stream of emotions attached to one image accelerates my memory, to the point that the overall picture becomes fragmented. My hand can't follow the fast pace of images created by my own imagination. The process is analogous with the biology of life - it is a continuous revelation and destruction of the image, sometimes to the point of destruction of the canvas. Faces I paint are more than decorative objects that exist only in superficial relation to the surrounding world. I don't want my paintings to convey any answers. Instead I want my subjects to feel the space between the painting and the viewer, to pursue the viewer to continue the contemplation. By revealing and hiding, bringing to light and destroying, I want to give my subjects an existential dimension that is open to interpretation.' ~Tadeusz Biernot
Education Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland, 1974–1979 Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Professional Experience Independent Artist and Creative Consultant, 2004–present Major Projects: Juniper Park Toronto www.juniperpark.com/our_work/chicagotribune.html IMT www.innovativematerials.com Architectural Media www.architecturalmedia.ca Omniplan Group www.omniplangroup.com - Visual presentations for BMW Canada, Honda Canada, Acura Canada, Lexus Canada
Born in Poland in 1954, Mr. Biernot earned his MFA with honours from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland in 1979. While studying the visual arts, he also designed posters, winning first prize in the National poster design contest for "Sztandar Miodych" (the Polish National Newspaper) in 1976. Mr. Biernot was the only student from his graduating class to be offered a teaching assistant position at the academy, and upon graduating from the academy, was awarded several major awards for his artwork. The upward momentum he achieved in his studies allowed Mr. Biernot to firmly establish himself as a poster designer and artist in Poland, and he continued on to win the Silver Medal at the Polish Poster Biennale in Kotawice in 1979.
In addition to working as a teacher throughout the decade, Mr. Biernot designed award winning posters, book illustrations and typefaces. He also exhibited his paintings every year at the "Bielska Jesien", an annual art show in Poland, and at the Annual Group Exhibitions of the Polish Artists Associations in Katowice.
In 1989, Tadeusz Biernot moved to Italy where he accepted a position as Art Director in the advertising agency Zeta 2, working for clients that included Ariston, Guzzini,Teuco and SIDIS.
In 1990, Mr. Biernot emigrated to Canada, where he continued his work in illustration and design. Between 1990 and 1994 he frequently worked on editorial illustrations for the Globe and Mail as well as illustrating for children's books. During this time Mr. Biernot also worked as a designer for in store campaigns at the Hudson Bay Company.
Incredibly, while easily accomplishing all these landmarks within his professional life, Tadeusz Biernot found the time to exhibit his early Canadian paintings in a successful one man show in Toronto in 1992.
In 1995, Mr. Biernot worked as a poster artist for Cineplex Odeon, and various other major Canadian cinema. In 2002, he worked in branding for the Movie Network (Astral Communications). His broadcast design for the TV Channel "Space", a Canadian science fiction network, was awarded the gold medal at the PROMAX Broadcast Design Awards in New York City in 2003. Finally, in 2002, after being appointed creative editorial director for Toronto's renowned Fashion Magazine, Mr. Biernot transformed the publication into the premier glossy fashion magazine of Canada.
In 2005, after many successful years of award winning design and creative directing, Mr. Biernot decided to devote more time to painting, his oldest love. He currently lives and works in Toronto, and his works can be found in many private collections in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, Germany and Poland.