Oil painting, 84 x 84 cm
Poland is not only a neighboring country of Germany, but also one of the important countries of origin of the seminar participants at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, which currently works mainly with school partners in Poland. However, contacts have existed for much longer: even before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Academy had been promoting rapprochement between Poles and Germans in its own way. For this reason, Polish artists must not be missing in the art collection of the Academy.
Although he exhibited in numerous countries, Wiesław Wodnicki (*1943 in Przemyśl, †2016 in Zmarł, both Poland) was inseparably attached to the region of Przemyśl and its cultural landscape. Przemyśl belongs to the Podkarpackie Voivodeship, which maintained a partnership with the Saarland (which also benefited other Polish artists who performed at the academy several times).
Common to all of Wiesław Wodnicki's works is the color that gives his compositions their actual expression. Bright red or violet harmonize with selected brown, green and earthy yellow. A high-contrast color scale and sharp contrasts between light and shadow give the works a certain restlessness. Many of the faces are distorted into grotesqueness and thus intended to express people's feelings even more vividly: seclusion, sadness, but also reconciliation with fate. In addition, there are landscape paintings in which he usually sets up a memorial to his hometown Przemyśl.