Opałka is one of the best-known Polish artists outside Poland - a painter, the author of unusual "spatial arrangements". In these works, all the visual elements play an equal role (paintings, the artist's photographic portraits) together with the phonic (his voice counting the numbers that he paints on the canvas).
During the Second World War, Opałka was in Germany with his family. After the war, he returned to France, and in 1946 he was repatriated to Poland. He left the country again in 1977. He lives in France.Between 1949-50, he studied at the State Higher School of Fine Arts in Łódź (currently the Fine Arts Academy) and after that, for six years, at the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy. Parallel to his studies, he also worked on drawing and realistic painting (which he continued until 1958). At the end of the ‘50s, he became interested in the painting of matter.
(Author: Małgorzata Kitowska-Łysiak, Art History Institute of the Catholic Lublin University, Faculty of the Theory of Art and History of Artistic Doctrines, January 2003.culture.pl )