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Jan Lenica

Jan Lenica
Born (1928-01-04)January 4, 1928
Poznań, Poland
Died October 5, 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 73)
Berlin, Germany
Nationality Polish
Occupation Graphic designer
Known for Poster design

Jan Lenica (4 January 1928, Poznań, Poland - 5 October 2001, Berlin) was a Polish graphic designer and cartoonist.

A graduate of the Architecture Department of Warsaw Polytechnic, Lenica became a poster illustrator and a collaborator on the early animation films of Walerian Borowczyk. From 1963 - 1986 he lived and worked in France, while from 1987 he lived and worked in Berlin. He was a professor of graphic, poster, animated cartoon for many years at German high schools and the first professor of the animation class at the University of Kassel, Germany, in 1979. He used cut-out stop motion animation in his numerous films, which included two features: Adam 2 (1968) and Ubu et la grande gidouille (1976, but released in France only in 1979).

Major awards

  • 1960 - BAFTA Film Award for Dom. Shared with Polish Walerian Borowczyk
  • 1961 - Toulouse-Lautrec Grand Prix, Versailles (France)
  • 1961 - Golden Dragon for Nowy Janko Muzykant tied with Maly Western, in Cracow (Poland)
  • 1962 - 1st and 3rd prizes, International Film Poster Exhibition, Karlove Vary (Czech Republic)
  • 1963 - Annecy International Animated Film Festival / FIPRESCI Prize for Labirynt
  • 1964 - Honorable Mention for Die Nashörner in Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (Germany)
  • 1966 - Gold Medal Prix Max Ernst, International Poster Biennale, Warsaw (Poland)
  • 1971 - Gold Medal, International Tourism Poster Exhibition, Catania (Italy)
  • 1985 - Prix Jules Chéret (France)
  • 1987 - Graphics award, Children Book Fair, Bologna (Italy)
  • 1999 - Dragon of Dragons Honorary Awards in Cracow Film Festival (Poland)


Jan Lenica was the director of:

See also

External links

  • Jan Lenica biography and filmmography at
  • Jan Lenica filmmography (in French, but more accurate than IMDB)
  • Jan Lenica at the Internet Movie Database
  • Jan Lenica Posters
  • Animation in the Post-Industrial Era (mentions Jan Lenica's works)
  • Jan Lenica's Posters at
  • Jan Lenica @
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