Rene Wawrzkiewicz

Rene Wawrzkiewicz is a designer, researcher, organizer and design curator. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He co-created, co-owned and worked as a designer at Mamastudio (2001–2008), one of the first independent design studios in Poland. He is a co-founder of the only nationwide association of graphic designers, which has over 200 members from diverse disciplines and specializations. He is the creator and curator of Design of the Year (Projekt Roku), the first post-1989 program and competition dedicated to a comprehensive description and assessment of graphic design in Poland. He is the creator and curator of the “Design Freedom” exhibition, presenting the transformation in Polish visual culture from the era of the “Solidarity” movement until the present day, which has been shown in Japan, Germany and Sweden (2010-2012). He has organized projects in Belarus, Cuba and Azerbaijan dedicated to political design. He is the founder, curator and organizer of Poland’s first graphic design festival, the Graphic Knowledge Fair. He founded (together with the critic Agata Szydłowska) the Design Criticism Studio – the first Polish think tank devoted to design culture in Central Europe.