21 February 2005: Death of Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor (b. 1929) (Source)

Zdzisław Beksiński in 1991 – photo byPiotr Dmochowski (Source)

Zdzisław Beksiński (pronounced [ˈzd͡ʑiswaf bɛkˈɕiɲskʲi]; 24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism. Beksiński made his paintings and drawings in what he called either a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. His creations were made mainly in two periods. The first period of work is generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of “utopian realism” and surreal architecture, like a doomsday scenario. The second period contained more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.[1]

Beksiński was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment in February 2005, by a 19-year-old acquaintance from Wołomin, reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.[2] (Source)

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