Dimensions: 26.5 x 38.25 inches
Artist: Wojciech Siudmak
About the poster: The Wrocław Opera is an opera company and opera house in Wrocław, Poland. The opera house was opened in 1841 and up to 1945 was known as the Breslau Opera. This poster is for the June (czerwiec) 2008 showing of Otello, an opera written by Giuseppe Verdi, an Italian playwright. Otello is an opera in four acts to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. It was Verdi's penultimate opera, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, on 5 February 1887. The opera deviates from Shakespeare's original in some aspects: Iago is less diabolical than his Shakespearean counterpart, the setting is Venice rather than Cyprus, and the composer and librettist provided an alternative happy ending to the work, a common practice with drama and opera at one time.
About the artist: Wojtek Siudmak, an artist of Polish origin, is considered one of the principal representatives of fantastic realism (like M.C. Escher, L. Fini and others). He himself claims to be a fantastic hyper realist, conscientiously putting his originality into relief.
Fantastic realism, uniting an irreal vision with naturalistic art is rooted in surrealism as represented by S. Dali, R. Magritte and P. Delvaux. Siudmak is close to Dali by his brilliance in portraying the three-dimensional illusion of space, by his sense of light and shade as well as his linear and aerial perspective. Siudmak adds to these means of traditional artistic expression a very personal and purely hyper realist slant, where research into technical perfection is put to the use of an overflowing and highly original imagination. (siudmak.com)