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Sosnowiec 1906 - Somerset 1988
Caziel was first active as an artist in Warsaw, amongst other artist who where very much inspired by l’école de Paris. At the start of the Second World War, he joined the Polish army in France. After their defeat in Paris, he fled to Aix-en-provence. It was a conscious decision to move tot his region, as it was the milieu of Cézanne, of whom Caziel was a great admirer. Inspired by the light of the Provence and Cézanne’s works, Caziel painted several nudes in the 1940’s, as a tribute to the French master.
Besides nature and light, Caziel was also intrigued by monumental architectonic compositions. In 1946 he was asked to paint the wall decorations for the Polish Pavilion at the UNESCO exhibition.
When he went back to Paris in the late 1940’s, Caziel became close friends with Pablo Picasso, as they shared a studio for 5 years. During this time, his interest in abstract painting grew and became more defined. It was his most productive time and Caziel was present at several great exhibitions such as the Salon de Mai, where he exhibited amongst Vasarely, Manessier, Hartung and he attracted the attention of Le Corbusier and Brancusi.
The typical Post-War mentality of reinvention and epicurean search for joy, are important elements throughout the whole of Caziel’s oeuvre.
In 1969 Caziel moved to Great Britain, after which he experienced a complete style change. No longer did he search for structural richness, from now on he focussed on more smooth and flat shapes and intense colours.
Overall his works become more geometrical, laden with the poetry of momentary incidents and emotions.
In the late 1960’s, Caziel had several successful exhibitions at the Grabowski Gallery in London and even had a show in the royal academy of arts.