Jacek Markunas was born on August 13th 1952 in Lodz, Poland and died September 7th 2005.
After XXX Grammar School, in 1971 he attended Technical University of Lodz (textile department). As a student of the technical University of Lodz, in 1976, he entered Fine Arts Academy “Wladyslaw Strzeminski” in Lodz.
Jacek Markunas studied at the Academy of fine Arts in Lodz, under the supervision of Roman Modzelewski, and attained a Master’s degree in painting in 1981. He graduated Department of Clothing Design and his diploma was shown at ‘’Diploma’81’’exhibition.
Jacek was a fashion designer in the Division of Designing of the Textile Industry Research and Development Center. In years 1990-1996 he worked as a Marketing Manager in Pollena-Ewa S.A. Cosmetics Factory. He designed packages and Fair Exhibitions for the company. The company’s logo and bottle of the first polish professional Eau de Perfume, “Eva”, were among his most important designs.
In 1995 he completed the Polish-French post-graduate study of Marketing and Management and he becoming a Master of Economics at both: the University of Lodz and University of Lyon III France.
From the 1980 he expressed himself through painting, particularly abstract works, showing his works at various exhibitions in Poland and Europe. Mixing art and design with economics and technical knowledge was his life credo.
Jacek Markunas created poetry, drama, film scripts, short stories, design clothing, fabrics furniture, pottery and jewellery. But it was painting in which he expressed his personality all the most. He loved painting and creating abstract worlds. He enjoyed experimenting with form and colour, creating simple and clear compositions based on abstraction and his imagination.
Markunas’s paintings are in many collections in galleries in Poland and in private collections in Poland, France, Switzerland, UK and USA.
Through years of creating abstract worlds he managed to develop his visual language and found his own, unique style of expression. He was interested in using vibrant colours and forms to create an alternative worlds. His style changed through the years, from the sophisticated – full of symbols compositions – to very simple, aesthetic forms. He loved using lively colours and simple forms.
Art always meant a lot to him. It was much more important than the ‘real’ world because it was always more spiritual and powerful. He believed that only art can change the world and the abstract paintings can expose powerful messages shown through vibrant colours, shapes and forms resulting in helping people stretch their imagination.
Most of his paintings and graphics have no source in external visual reality but at the same time he always saw his works as an alternative pathway to not just a ‘reality’, but something much more important and bigger – spiritual reality. From over complicated compositions created in the eighties to pure patterns of form, colour and line made in the nineties and the last five years of his life the message was always the same, to show the spiritual world and the power of the imagination.