Bak, Katarzyna Handzlik – Poland

Dr. Katarzyna Handzlik-Bak (b. 1975)  

Artist Profile: Dr. Katarzyna Handzlik-Bak (From the Bookplate Buzz, Vol 1, No 4, 2020)

By Anke Polenz, DEG 

Katarzyna Handzlik-Bak’s artistic focus is that of a ceramicist. This was her field of art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (Bresllau) where she earned her PhD in 2001. Now she works in the Philosophical Faculty in Cieszyn / Silesian University in Katowice, Poland.

Katarzyna Handzlik had more than twenty solo exhibitions for her ceramics in Poland, Finland, and Great Britain.  She has also been recognized through her participation in many group shows, plein airs, symposia, congresses, and conferences worldwide.

Her works are held in the collections of the Miyauchi Foundation in Tokyo, History Museum in Bielsko-Biała, Zamość Museum in Zamość, Toy and Play Museum in Kielce, and the Barfuss Galerie in Hamburg. She is a member of the ZPAP (Association of Polish Visual Artists) and the Deutsche Exlibris-Gesellschaft (German Bookplate Society).

As a student at Silesian University she was awarded special recognition in the category Excellent Artist.

She creates both ceramic miniatures as well as large ceramic works.  In recent years Katarzyna has also designed bookplates.

Typically she develops her idea as a spatial art form and then designs a bookplate based on this work.

Bak, Katarzyna Handzlik  <khan.v@wp.pl>

Bak, Krzysztof Marek – Poland – Finalist

Krzysztof Marek Bak, Poland (b. 1977)
In the 2013 issue of our EX LIBRIS CHRONICLE  journal, Vol 12, No 4, we featured a story written by Anke Polenz from Germany.  This story was entitled, Digital Metamorphoses: K.M. Bak Ex Libris.   Prof. Krzysztof Marek Bak is an artist from Poland.  He has created over 1,750 ex libris and small graphics.  He has been featured in 99 solo exhibitions in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Japan, and Kuwait.  He has received 37 awards and distinctions.
Krzysztof graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw. Today he works at the University of Silesia, where he teaches in the Institute of Fine Arts as Head of Modern Ex Libris Research Studies.  In this work he deals with the theory of modern bookplates.  Since 2019, he has been Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Educational Science and the artistic director of the International Exlibris Biennale in Gliwice for many years.

Bak, Krzysztof Marek*  <kmbak.exlibris@gmail.com>

Delekta, Pawel – Poland – Finalist

Paweł Delekta (b. 1983)
1) Exlibris George Steiner – Own technique – 2020, 11 x 11cm,  L   2) Exlibris George Steiner – Own technique – 2020, 11x11cm, L
Pawel Delekta was born on October 7, 1983 in Krakow.  He studied at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Silesia in Katowice, where he earned a MFA.  He went on to receive a Ph.D. in Fine Art in 2018 at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Technology and Humanities in Radom.  In the arts he works with graphics, posters, and painting.  His artworks have been shown in over 150 group exhibitions and 8 solo exhibitions.  He has won over 40 awards and distinctions worldwide.
Pawel Delekta, ZY WIECKA Number 252, BIELSKO-BIALA, 43-300, POLAND

Delekta, Pawel  <pawdel1500@gmail.com>

Trojanowska, Anna – Poland

Anna Trojanowska – Poland

Lithograph:  11.5 x 8 cm
Ul Radosna 15, 35-002 Kamieniec WR, Poland

Trojanowska, Anna  <aniat@litografia.pl>

Wajda, Anna – Poland – Finalist

An Ex Libris Etching for the Tribute to George Steiner

Anna Wajda

I was born in Poland, 1982.  In 2008 I graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice at the Institute of Artistic branch in Cieszyn.  I earned my Ph.D. in Fine Arts, 2018.  Today I work as a teacher of Fine Arts in Cieszyn and participate in graphics exhibitions in Poland and abroad.

From love and my personal experience, I create as a graphic artist and children’s book illustrator.  Through my works I express my delight in the world, humanity, and our Creator – the greatest artist!   In graphics, I have a passionate quest for new means of expression and graphics experimentation.  Therefore, I expand the borders of graphics.  But my true love is in traditional etching techniques.

The ex libris designed for George Steiner I created in an etching technique (C3).  It was important for me to use the most traditional printmaking technique in its purest form.  The title for this edition is “Seven Works”, as it relates to Steiner’s My Unwritten Books.  I found inspiration in an article that I read on the New York Times website:

In 2008, in his My Unwritten Books, he described the seven works that might have seen the light of day but remained in his head.  “It is the unwritten book which might have made the difference.  Which might have allowed one to fail better.   Or perhaps not.”

The number”7” is not without significance to me.  This means fullness.

Anna Wajda, ul. Wronia 35, 43-400 Cieszyn, Poland

Wajda, Anna <annawajdabb@gmail.com>


Balaji, Karoly – Romania

Karoly Balajti (b. 1948)

University:  Architecture and Systematization.  Studies in architecture and graphic design, 1966-1974

Today Karoly works as a freelance designer.

Important Exhibitions And Prizes:

Eminescu’ s Characters Prize – 1996 – Oradea (Grosswardein) – 1986. 1988. 1991, 1996;Bacău  1989, 1996.1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006; Cluj (Klausenburg) – 2000, 2003,2005: Brăila – 1997. 2002 -Special Prize: Worldwide Ex Libris Competition 1999 “Man Of The New Millenium” Melo Centro, Gallarete, Italy;  Novi Beograd – 2000: Giubileo 2000 – Pescara. Italy;

Millenium or Boston 2000 General Theme for the FISAE Congress XXVIII;

Cobaez Anniversary 2007 – Mexico;

“The Book-Adequate Exlibris”Deutsche Exlibris Gesellschaft E.V. (DEG)

International Ex-Libris Competition 2011 – Berlin;

International Art Competition “Danube – Route Of Culture” – International Mail Art Exhibition.

Contemporary Ex Libris: XXI Century’ Art Alba Iulia – 2012, Romania;

The 6th Fu Xian Zhai Exlibris Invitation Competition And Exlibris Collection Exhibition – 2012, Shanghai, R.P. China;

The Intercontinental Mail Art Exhibition, United Nations: Nations – Water – Cultures, New York, USA, 2013;

Competition Of The XXXV FISAE International Congress, Catalunya – 2014;

International Bookplate Competition – 2018;

The 300th Anniversary Of The Coronation Of The Mother Of God Of Trakai. Regina, Lituaniae – 2018;

XIV International Exlibris Competition Ruse – 2018, Bulgaria;

The 4th International Ex-Libris Competition – Istanbul – 2018, Turkey: XII International Competition For Ex Libris – Gliwice – 2018, Poland;

Abbazia Di San Galgano Ed Eremo Di MonteSiepi – Toscana – 2018, Italy;

XV International Exlibris Competition Ruse – 2019;

IV International Exhibition Ex Libris, Apatin, Serbia – 2019;

IX Biennale Internacional De Ex -Libris ” Contratalla”- 2019;

International Ex Libris Competition/Ulupud-Subotica – 2019;

2020 Shanxi China (First) Zodiac Culture Exlibris Exhibition;

XVI International Exlibris Competition Ruse 2020;

27th Exlibris Biennale Exhibition Muzeum Zamkowe Malbork – 2020;

XXXVIII FISAE Congres Open Ex-Libris Competition With Awards By The Keith Wingrove Memorial Trust – 2020;

The International Ex-Libris Contest “Skaudvile The Minor Lithuanian Capital Of Culture”;

International Bookplate Competition 2020 at Trakai Peninsula Castle;

XIII International Competition For Ex Libris — Gliwice 2020;

Solo Exhibitions – Zalau (Zillenmarkt) – Oradea (Grosswardein) – 2001, 2005, 2013, 2016;

Solo Exhibitions – Budapest – Soroksar – 2008-2011;

The 50th Anniversary Of The Friends Of Small Graphics;

The 60th Anniversary Of Hungarian Association of Ex Libris – Budapest 2019.

George Steiner 1929-2020 X3 + CGD / 10.7 x 6,8 cm 2020 4 OP.NR.1058 – Ex libris – American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers Memorial Card  450075 Zalau,  Str. Tudor Vladimirescu, nr.38.bl, Dalia, et.5.ap.36, România

Balaji, Karoly  <balajtikaroly@gmail.com>

Mihai, Nicolae Madalin – Romania

Nicolae Madalin Mihai 

“In Memoriam George Steiner” – Aquaforte/steel plate

Nicolae Madalin Mihai, Str. Fortunei 17 A, 100141, Ploiești Jud. Prahova, România

Mihai, Nicolae Madalin   <madnicmadnic@yahoo.com>


Borovitsky, Yuri – Russia – Finalist

Yuri Borovitsky (b. 1955)

Yuri Borovitsky was born in Chukotka, Russia in 1955.  He studied at the department of design of the Mukhina Arts School in Leningrad.  He started working in the sphere of poster art, while at the same time mastering the technique of copperplate etching, specifically the mezzotint technique.

His work is often characterized by dark, distorted forms, exaggerated musculature, and imagery derived from myths and folk legends.

Since 1990, he has been a participant in exhibitions in Russia and abroad.  Borovitsky’s works are held in private collections throughout the world as well as in various museums.  He became a member of the Union of Artists of Russia in 1992.

Borovitsky, Yuri*  <yuri.borovitsky@mail.ru>

Bryzgalov, Marat – Russia

Marat Bryzgalov (b. 1973)
Marat Bryzgalov lives in the town of Sokol in the Vologda region of Russia. Bryzgalov is a professional graphic artist and a designer of books and magazines. He is engaged in graphic design of Jewish calendars, makes drawings for magazines and books, and creates ex libris. 
Art graphic arts education Printing Institute in Moscow in the Faculty of Book Arts. He studied Judaism at the Jewish Education Institute under the direction of Rabbi Adin Steinsalz. Today, Marat Bryzgalov is engaged in the design of children’s magazines in Moscow.  He draws pictures, works at the Vologda Jewish center as a teacher of Jewish tradition, and also works on ex libris of various subjects. He has participated in many world exhibitions.  
Bryzgalov made ex libris bookplates on the theme of Jewish history and culture for the George Steiner ex libris competition.  
All ex libris entries are printed in the silkscreen technique.  Two of the ex libris examples are hand painted. 
Marat Bryzgalov, Lesnaya Street 8, Apartment 1,  Sokol,  Vologda region,  162138 Russia

Bryzgalov, Marat  <maratbryzgalov@mail.ru>

Makarov, Yaroslav – Russia

Yaroslav Makarov (b. 1982)
Yaroslav Makarov is a graphic artist born in the city of Pikalevo in the Leningrad region. In 2005 he graduated from the Cherepovets State University where he studied at the faculty of Art and Graphics.   There he was under the guidance of the famous artist Dmitry Vladimirovich Medvedev.  Medvedev is one of the best graphic artists in the Vologda region who specializes in the art of ex libris. 
Makarov’s works are held in museums throughout the world.  As well, in private collections. Yaroslav is included in the encyclopedia of Artur da Mota Miranda “Contemporary International Ex-libris Artists” that was published in Portugal.
Ex Libris: X3, 70 x 50mm, 2020 
Ptitsevodov str. 19-14, Cherepovets District, Malechkino, Vologda Region, 162691 Russia

Makarov, Yaroslav   <eskiz-mak@mail.ru>