Zdzislaw Beksinski (24 February 1929 – 22 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist. He was born in the town of Sanok in southern Poland. After studying architecture in Cracow, he returned to Sanok in 1955. He eventually found an interest in sculpture, then photography and later painting. Those that knew him reported him to be a kind, humorous and well measured man who took little interest in over analyzing his own work.
The late 90’s were a bleak time for Zdzisław Beksiński, his wife died of an illness and his son, Tomasz, committed suicide. In 2005 the son of his long time caretaker stabbed him to death, 17 wounds in total, because he wouldn’t lend him the equivalent of $100
Although he depicts a harrowing world, Beksiński claimed that much of his work is misunderstood. The Polish painter was often amused by his own work. He insisted his vision was ultimately optimistic.