The winners of the 44th Painting Biennale Bielska Jesień 2019

Grand Prix of Bielska Jesień 2019 to Karol Palczak for the set of three "burning" pictures. See the winners of other awards and honourable mentions.

under the auspices of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund


Beata Ewa Białecka – painter (Gdańsk, Rodowo)

Anda Rottenberg – art critic, exhibition curator, journalist (Warsaw)

Piotr Rypson, Ph.D – art critic, historian of art and literature, journalist (Warsaw)
– chairman of the jury

Agata Smalcerz – art historian, director of Galeria Bielska BWA (Bielsko-Biała)

Prof. Andrzej Tobis – painter, photographer, academic lecturer (Katowice).

The review and classification of paintings were made during two sessions of the jury: the first on the 28 and 29 May, when the jury reviewed the electronic presentations, and the second on 10 September this year.

The selection was made in an open vote and on the basis of the majority of votes. The competition was entered by 653 artists who submitted 1,959 paintings.

During the first session, the jury shortlisted 119 works by 54 artists. After the second session involving the originals, 115 works by 54 artists were nominated for the exhibition.

Special Award funded by Winsor&Newton

to Michał Cygan

The work Independence March has been purchased for the Art Collection of Galeria Bielska BWA.