by Margo Rouard-Snowman
‘Roman Cieslewicz is one of a handful of graphic artists who have attained worldwide recognition. Over 30 years or more of concentrated activity, he has created posters, book jackets and advertisements which have become modern icons of graphic art. A Pole who has lived all his professional life in France, Cieslewicz has constantly broken new ground, using imaginative collage, photomontage, and typography in campaigns to sell specific products, in announcements and publicity for all sorts of cultural events, and indeed in making incisive political comments on our times. Best known for a number of unforgettable images, all of which are reproduced in this book, Cieslewicz continues to set the pace in an extremely competitive field. His use of bold colours and basic shapes, combined with his refined hard-edge technique, gives him an unmistakable and immediately recognizable image, while his ability to shock and amuse sets him apart from most of his colleagues.