Immediately after the liberation of Katowice, Pawel Steller returned to the city, where he designed the official monument to Wyzwolicielki, an obelisk in memory of the Red Army. The monument was unveiled on 27 February 1945 on the freedom square. In March of that year, due to contact with an alleged spy for foreign intelligence services, the artist was deported to Siberia. To earn extra money, he made portraits of the prisoners there: during the entire stay at the camp near the Chinese border, he made nearly 2,000 small pencil portraits on packs of cigarettes, and in November 1946 he returned to Katowice after 20 months.
After the death of his wife Elizabeth, died on August 16, 1954, and after a period of collapse, Pawel Steller remarried Stephanie Partyka he met during the war in Międzybrodzie Zywieckie. He then worked intensively, in addition to his favorite woodcuts, he also made numerous watercolors. He bought a small wooden house on the Vistula River in 1960, where he spent most of his time. In 1974 the Silesian authorities organized a retrospective on the occasion of his upcoming 80th birthday. Shortly thereafter, at the end of August 1974, the artist broke his leg and hip at the Vistula River, and died shortly afterwards in Katowice.
Pawel Steller left over 10 500 works, including 243 woodcuts, more than 1000 watercolors, hundreds of drawings in pencil and pen, illustrations for books, calendars, etc. Thanks to the efforts of Stefania Steller, the artist’s former home is in Katowice , opened as the Steller Museum in 1976, since 1983 the museum has been part of the Museum for the History of Katowice. The museum was closed after the death of Stephanie Steller in 1992, and the collections – in accordance with the will of the artist – have been transferred to the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice and Katowice Historical Museum. On 9 September 2005, a memorial was unveiled in memory of Pawel Steller at the Square Art Gallery on the square in Katowice Grunwaldzki. That same year, a large exhibition of works by Pawel Steller, related to the artist’s 110th birthday, was also opened during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Museum of the History of Katowice.
1929 – woodcut I Award – Portrait of a president I. Moscicki in the competition of the Association of Polish Graphic Artists in Warsaw.
1932 – Price. Fisherman woodcut Wellischa for an exhibition in Warsaw.
– Bronze medal for the woodcut Slązaczka at the jubilee of the Salon of Graphic Arts in Warsaw.
– Award at the Second International Exhibition of Woodcuts in Warsaw.
– Gold medal for graphics at the international exhibition in Paris.