Zbigniew Romańczuk was born in 1960. In 1983 he graduated from the Institute of Artistic Education at Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, and he then worked as a researcher at the University of Szczecin. In the years 1993-1994 he performed an internship as part of a grant at the Royal Academy of Art in Copenhagen. In 1997 he was awarded a Doctorate at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Art in Poznań. In 2005 he obtained the degree of Assistant Professor in Fine Arts with specialization in painting at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of Academy of Art in Wrocław. Since 2010 he has been associate professor at the Academy of Art in Szczecin.
People have always showed a keen interest in the development of a picture; therefore it comes as no surprise that the emancipation of a picture is a natural consequence of that interest. The artist who broke with representational art and in this way created the conditions for pictorial autonomy and liberation of artists’ imagination was Kasmir Malevich. At one point in his artistic career, Malevich eliminated all figurative elements in his works opening new paths for art in general. Malevich’s pictures, by means of colour, form and energy, create the nature of the world as an expression of pure feelings. Nowadays all the attempts made with the intention of liberating a picture are accompanied with deep reflection upon a new medium that a technical picture based on a digital record is. The emancipation of a digital picture occurs only when it aims to assume such a form which ceases to convey content and instead tries to present the picture itself by means of all the possibilities offered by the media. A technical picture is strictly related to a digital, binary record that is a kind of formal language. A vision of concealed content of a picture which is composed of the smallest visually hidden units called pixels emerges in case of a digital picture. Due to these pixels the phenomenon of pixelization is possible; and this is actually the only aspect of a picture that can be perceived when the surface of a picture becomes the whole picture. The picture does not represent objects as they really are, nor does it reflect subjective states of mind but it is a pure self-realization of the possibilities that a digital medium offers; in this sense, the picture exists on its own.