Wojciech JastrzÄbowski was a Polish painter, graphic artist and engraver. He designed the pre-war coins of the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50-grosze, and after World War II, designed the 2-Zloty (1958) and 5-Zloty (1959) coin. JastrzÄbowski, who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in KrakÃ³w from 1904-09, was also a designer of interiors, furniture, fabrics, artistic crafts, and metal products. In 1923 he began teaching as a professor at the School of Fine Arts in Warszawa, and from 1936-39, served as its rector.
JastrzÄbowski moved to England in 1940, living there until 1947, where he was employed as an organizer and teacher in Polish Ã©migrÃ© circles in Sudbury and Kingwood. During that time he also started painting. After his return he became professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warszawa, and was a member of the Board of Culture and an activist for the Polish Visual Arts Union. His style began to be identified as the Polish version of art dÃ©co. He mainly used geometrical patterns, often combining them with aspects of folk art.