Artist and illustrator Andrzej Czeczot (Poland, 1933 – 2012) ink on paper depicting an African American version of the Statue of Liberty and part of a series of six (see others in catalog); signed verso "Copyright by Andrzej Czeczot" with a frame cut-out to display signature; measures approximately 14-3/4" x 11-1/2" with frame and has a sight image of approximately 10-5/8" x 7-1/4"; in good overall condition.
Born in Kraków on the 27th of October 1933, Andrzej Czeczot was best known for his illustrations and works of graphic design for prestigious Polish publications Polityka, Polska, Ty i Ja, Literatura and more. He graduated from the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts and debuted in 1956 as a caricaturist for the Szpilka weekly and expanded his work to include film animations. In 1972 he received the Special Prize at the 2nd Biennale Festival of the Applied Graphics in Brno for his illustrations for book The Good Soldier Schweick and received the Golden Pin (Zlota szpilka) for excellence in illustration three times. He was interned on the 13th of December 1981 as part of the government's roundups of intellectuals and artists upon the enforcement of Martial Law. He left Poland not long after his release in 1982 and continued his work in the United States, first working for the Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik and later for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He returned to Poland in the 1990s and contributed to the Polityka and Nie weeklies. In 2002 he produced a feature-length animated film titled Eden, an ironic fairy tale about the state of contemporary culture, which won him a special jury award at the 27th International Film Festival in Gdynia. Over his lifetime he made over 30 short animated films, illustrated some 200 books and designed over 450 book covers. He died in Warsaw on May 9th, 2012 at the age of 79.