Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 - 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor who is best known as a fantasy artist. Beksinski executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner.
The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his ‘fantastic realism’ period when he painted disturbing images of a surrealistic, nightmarish environment.
The second style is more abstract, being dominated by form, and is typified by Beksinski’s later paintings.
Beksinski was murdered in 2005.