‘The Studio’ December 1955 – PAWEL STELLER is one of the older, noted Polish graphic artists. Born 23rd January 1895, in Silesia (near Cieszyn) all of his creative work is connected with Silesia. He studied in Lwow, Prague, and at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts under Pro¬fessor Skoczylas, who was the father of Polish contemporary wood-en- graving. In the inter-war period, he won several prizes in Poland and abroad, most of them for wood-cuts. He won the Gold Medal at the Inter¬national Exhibition held in Paris in 1937 for his wood-engravings por- traying Silesian types. His works
were presented at many exhibitions in Poland and abroad—in Paris, Padua, Zürich, Marseilles, Rome, Hamburg, Berlin, London, in the U.S. A. and Japan.
P. Steller is a draughtsman, painter and graphic artist but first of all he is noted for his wood-cuts. soon after he had completed his instruction under Professor Skoczylas he found his own engraving style and his own way of expression. His works prove his great mastery of technique.
He loves nature and his preferred subjects are taken from nature, land¬scape and people.
He has created many engravings portraying the Silesian landscape and the Silesian people. He travels much and seeks for the most typical and characteristic faces and the most interesting landscapes.
His engravings now total almost 200, a great achievement, taking into account the fact that one engraving often takes more than a whole month. Apart from his artistic activity, he has also found time enough for pedagogical work directing the studies of young artists. Now many young graphic artists who devote themselves to engraving follow in his footsteps.