Boguslaw Lustyk

Welcome to the world of Bogusław Lustyk, where each piece is an expressive journey through the artist’s rich experiences. By combining the subtlety of shades with the intensity of dynamic compositions, he creates a unique visual language. In his work, movement, music, and the dynamism of life intertwine, offering unforgettable and meaningful images.

Discover a fascinating world where horses and music create an unforgettable story, saturated with emotion and passion.




Bogusław Lustyk is considered one of the most distinguished contemporary Polish artists, having studied painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

His works are characterized by intensity of colors and dynamic compositions, reflecting his fascination with movement and life energy. He draws inspiration from both music and nature, as seen in his painting series dedicated to horses and sounds.

Lustyk is the recipient of many prestigious awards and is known for exhibiting his work worldwide. The artist has also collaborated with cultural institutions such as: The Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the Kentucky Horse Park Museum in the USA. His works are not only expressions of personal experience but also deep reflections on the human condition.


Bogusław Lustyk, born in 1940 in Warsaw, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he earned a diploma with honors in painting and graphic arts in 1965. His work is diverse, encompassing painting, sculpture, and applied graphics. Lustyk is a well-known artist on the international scene, with over 40 solo exhibitions at home and abroad, including in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Finland, France, and Australia.

He has received many awards for his artistic work, including 8 in competitions organized by the Polish Olympic Committee. His works have been exhibited at the Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta, and London, where in 2012 he realized the project “Painted Chronicle of the Olympics” under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

Lustyk’s love for music is reflected in his series of paintings “Painting Music”, where on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth, his works were exhibited at the Kordegarda Gallery and at the International Festival in Międzyzdroje. For the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, he designed the artistic promotional setting for the 8th International Vocal Competition named after Tadeusz Moniuszko.

In 2014 and 2015, in tribute to the Warsaw Uprising, he created 150 graphics on the uprising theme, which were used in street installations on Krakowskie Przedmieście. For his contribution to the development of Polish culture, in 2020 he was awarded the Silver Gloria Artis Medal by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.



Exhibition “Humanoids Exodus” at BWA Zamość


XVI ARS SACRA Festival – Humanoid – Budapest


Exhibition “EXODUS – Stigmata of Time” at the Center for Meeting of Cultures in Lublin


Overview exhibition “Of Love and Wind” at the Municipal Art Gallery in Częstochowa, Poland


Exhibition “Humanoids and Valentyna” at the Baltic Art Gallery in Koszalin and ZPAP in Warsaw, Poland


Opening of the 27th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, Poland


Retrospective exhibition at the House of Visual Artists in Warsaw, marking the 50th anniversary of creative work.


Projects “Today I Go to Fight, Mom” and “Insurgent Ramparts” in Warsaw.


Project “Painted Chronicle of the Olympics” in London.


Stay and artistic activity in the United States, including cooperation with the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs and with Kentucky Derby, where he received the title of Official Artist of the Kentucky Derby.


Collaboration with the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, which included two major exhibitions.

Exhibiting works at the Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta, and London.

Projects at the Kordegarda Gallery and at the International Festival in Międzyzdroje, presenting the series of paintings “Painting Music”.

Numerous exhibitions in the United States (in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia), as well as in Germany, Sweden, Finland, France, and Australia.



The artist miraculously survived the Wola massacre
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Exhibition “Rhythm of Life” in Częstochowa
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from the Oral History Archive
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Portrait with a story – interview
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Lustyk: Painting Music – Two Ways
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Bogusław Lustyk, recipient of many prestigious awards, has been recognized for his contribution to the field of art, including:


Awarded the Silver Gloria Artis Medal by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Silver Medal at the Poster Biennale in Katowice.

Silver Olympic Laurel in the category of Art.

25 awards for work in the field of poster and painting, including 8 in competitions organized by the Polish Olympic Committee.

Nomination for the Norwid Award for the projects “Today I Go to Fight, Mom” and “Insurgent Ramparts” commemorating the Warsaw Uprising.


Bogusław, I’m incredibly pleased that we can talk today. Thank you for the opportunity to bring your artistic vision closer to our readers. To start off, could you please reveal what the main inspiration for your work is?

Emotions, always emotions. My work is governed by emotions, and the pieces I create are a reaction to what I’ve lived through, both in the past and presently. You know, I’ve lived many years. I’ve experienced a lot, including war. It is said that I show what cannot be seen, I express strength and energy, something that has not yet been revealed.

I’ve noticed that your works often depict movement and dynamics. Are these elements also a reflection of your emotional experiences?

Of course. I am a painter of movement. My work is dominated by an interest in movement, dynamics, and vibration. This can be seen in my paintings not only of horses in full gallop, dance scenes, but even in interpretations of music. At the same time, focusing on faces, on attempting to understand and reflect the psyche of a human, is equally important to me. When drawing or painting portraits, I delve into someone’s soul. I like a certain tension, mystery, drama.

Are there any special rituals in your creative process that help you convey these dynamic elements?

Yes, I stand and look, step back, look, stand, nibble on crunchy flakes or pinch a dry stalk and keep looking. So, I stand dynamically 😉 My rituals are quite simple, yet extremely important to me. Thus, I paint only while standing, often listening to music (or to world politics news ;-). It’s an integral part of my work. I also talk, to the horror of listeners, on speakerphone and paint. One can hear it…..

After hearing about your unique approach to work, I’m curious if there’s a specific piece that embodies these methods and is particularly important to you?

Overall, not to sound immodest, I like almost everything I paint, but the “Painting Music” series is particularly important to me. These are works that stimulate the imagination and give a sense of creative freedom. Here, when you look at a painting, the mind expands its horizons and gets drawn into the game of endless possibilities, into the sound that you suddenly see, and a moment later feel.

Considering that your “Painting Music” series is exceptionally important and inspiring to you, what challenges arise while working on such projects, and how do you deal with them?

Every painting is a new challenge, a certain mystery. I often struggle with them, even for years, trying to discover something new. There are unfinished works that I’ve been painting for decades. I repeat, I don’t paint a painting that I know how to paint. Every piece is or will be its own coloristic, technical challenge, a different route of expression. I always start with a vague vision, transforming it multiple times and steering it towards reality and finiteness 😉

You mentioned that emotions are key motivators of your creativity. Are there any artists whose approach to art particularly inspires you?

hmmm, Pablo Picasso…, who, when asked what his method of creative search was, replied: “I do not seek, I find.” This approach always inspires me.

In the context of emotions, which are so important in your work, what place does the reception of your works by viewers hold for you?

Of course, I appreciate interest in my art, but interaction is not a priority for me, although I do value that devilish spark in someone’s eye when they light up as they look. But I’m a chatterbox, I fully engage in monologue, yet one must go paint, right?

Speaking of emotions and individual reception of your works, I’m curious, what tools or techniques do you consider essential to express this unique energy in your painting?

Anything can serve as a tool for me. Various utensils, even a pipette, a stick. I don’t limit myself. I have favorite paints, still from the “American times”. The last tubes (I need to check what’s left 😉 I have this pink, that specific shade, have you seen it? I have everything, I’m a collector, I can paint with anything.

What advice would you have for young artists just starting their artistic career?

My advice: Don’t listen to others’ advice! Every artist should follow their own path. Surrender to passion and fascination. Create, work, experience, nurture a wealth of stimuli.

Thank you very much for this conversation, Bogusław. Your stories and reflections are valuable to anyone who appreciates art and seeks deeper emotions and meanings in it. I hope our audience will find inspiration in your works to explore a world full of colors, movement, and life.

Interview with Bogusław Lustyk by Marcin Homan from FineArtPrinst