Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 — 22 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter and photographer. A Beksiński painting contained elements of surrealism, the post-apocalyptic and immense attention to detail. Despite the grim overtones, he claimed some of these paintings were misunderstood, as they were rather optimistic, or even humouristic. His exhibitions almost always proved very successful. A prestigious exhibition in Warsaw in 1964 proved to be his first major success, as all his paintings were sold. In the 1980s his works gained on popularity in France and he gained significant popularity in Western Europe, the USA and Japan. He soon became the leading figure in contemporary Polish art.
He once made the following ironic remark about his own life, ‘Writing your own biography is a sign of even greater vainglory than making declarations like the ones I have written at the request of the makers of this catalogue. But whereas occasionally it might seem to me that I know what it is I’m thinking about, and that I’m. thinking what I’m. thinking, which makes me feel right to tell someone else about what I think I’ve been thinking about; I’m. certain that I don’t know anything about my own past except everything, but everything is about as much as nothing.”