Country of origin: Poland Europe Comics Publisher: Cinebook (UK)
Polish comics artist Grzegorz Rosinski is not so much an illustrator as a movement. And the idea of movement is also a fitting way to describe the artist's work as a whole. Over the course of his remarkable career, his only fear was to be defined and limited by some form of identifiable style. In this way, ever since publishing his first illustrations at the age of 16, Rosinski never stopped evolving and advancing as a graphic artist. After earning a degree in fine arts in Warsaw, Rosinski soon became the star and artistic director of Relax, the first Polish comics magazine. But he never stopped seeking new opportunities, which in 1976 led him to come to Belgium. He would soon meet author Jean Van Hamme, whose fantasy saga Thorgal (Le Lombard; Cinebook/Europe Comics in English) would launch them both into the comics ether. Over the years, Rosinski stayed loyal to both his collaborators and his readers, but his high level of production allowed him to vary his work, alternating between Thorgal, with such collaborators as Yves Sente, Xavier Dorison, and Yann, and other notable series such as La complainte des landes perdues (Dargaud; Lament of the Lost Moors, Cinebook), with writer Jean Dufaux. Starting in 2010, while continuing to illustrate the original Thorgal series, Rosinski took on the additional task of supervising the creation of The World of Thorgal, a new collection of stories taking place in parallel with the main series, and brought to life by a talented crop of authors and artists. After 40 years, the Thorgal series remains as vibrant as ever, and peers and readers alike view Rosinski as one of the legendary figures of our era.