Aleksander ŻywBorn: 1905
Place of Birth: Lida
Zyw was born in Lida, Poland before moving to Warsaw at an early age. He enrolled in Warsaw School of Fine Art in 1926. A travel bursary in 1934 was to have a great effect on the young Pole, not only did it give him a taste for life outside of Poland, but it started a love affair with the Mediterranean which was to last a lifetime.
He found himself in Corsica when the War broke out, and travelled back to his home in Paris to enlist. After the French Army's collapse Zyw escaped to Scotland to where the Polish Armed Forces were regrouping. After another spell on the front line as official war artist he settled in Dean Village in Edinburgh, before moving permanently to Italy in the 1970s. During his time in Edinburgh, he has a profound impact on the city with a number of notable exhibitions, including three with The Scottish Gallery, and later retrospectives organised by the Scottish Arts Council and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. He continued to paint up to his death at his olive farm in Castagneto Carducci in Tuscany, Italy.
He had his first one-man show at The Scottish Gallery in 1945. His next exhibition is to be held in November 2020.
Susannah View details
Susannah1948-9oil on canvasH:76.2cm W:63.5cm£3,250Routine Duties on the Piorun Battleship View details
Routine Duties on the Piorun Battleship1941conté and washH:16.5cm W:27.5cmSoldLanding at Arromanches View details
Landing at Arromanches1944oil on canvasH:75cm W:91.4cm£0 Not for SaleSantorini View details
Santorinii.vii.1934pen and watercolourH:50cm W:36cmSoldSelf Portrait View details
Self Portraitc.1935oil on panelH:38cm W:30cm£0 Not for Sale
Pont de Passy1935oil on canvasH:71.1cm W:91.4cm£3,650
Pont de Passyc.1935mixed media on boardH:37cm W:51cm£1,250Verona View details
Veronavii.1937gouache and inkH:49cm W:39cmSold1st Polish Armoured Division Brass Band View details
1st Polish Armoured Division Brass Band18.xi.1941pencil drawingH:24cm W:33cm£725