Painter Piotr Fafrowicz was born in 1958, and grew up in the centuries-old city of Szczecin, Poland. He studied art history at Catholic University of Lublin, and later trained at Warsaw School of Animation. After painting initially with oils on canvas, he eventually shifted his medium to tempera on paper. In addition to exhibitions in Poland, Switzerland and France, his work has been shown at the Martin Summers Gallery and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, and the Institute Internationale in Philadelphia. Two of his illustrated children's books have won the Polish Society of Book Publishers' "Most Beautiful Book of the Year" award. Fafrowicz's work draws upon folk art with surreal and cubist touches. Many of his village scenes are inspired by life in Kazimir Dolny, a Polish village turned artists' colony where he and his wife share a cottage.