Survival through art,
the art of survival.

Why Biczycki is considered by many to be Germany's most important Jewish painter is not revealed by a closer look rather by a longer one.

For it is not what the artist depicts, but how he depicts it, that captivates the observer even without knowlage of his dramatic biography. Like Wittgenstein who ones stated that the world is not the totality of things but of facts, Biczycki too frees himself from the material aspects of being and and concentrates solely on the actual.

Biczycki's work is not about visualizing the world, but about making the facts that make up our world tangible.


Jan Paul Biczycki Jr. is a descendent of an ancient family of Polish/Jewish artists.

His grandmother is Roma Ligocka, his grandfather was the director and actor Jan Biczycki.

His father Tomasz is among the very first Jews born in Krakow / Poland after the defeat of Germany. Tomasz was raised by his grandmother Teofila Ligocka, who had previously looked after Roman Polanski, when he returned from the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Teofila's second husband was Olek Horowitz, the father of Ryszard Horowitz, one of the youngest Jews rescued by Oskar Schindler.

Biczycki's parents were related to Barbara-Kwiatkowska-Lass and longtime friends of her husband Karlheinz Böhm, later her last companion Leszek Żądło.

Jan Paul Biczycki, named after his grandfather, was born into a small, happy family. Biczycki as a baby Together with his parents, he traveled a lot, sailed the Caribbean and crossed the Atlantic on a sailing yacht as a child. The light-heartedness of his childhood died with the untimely death of his mother.

From then on, he grew up with a cold-hearted stepmother who, after his father finally found the strength to separate from her, refused Jan any contact with the rest of his family.

The German authorities would not move a finger to help the Jew. By the time the European Court of Human Rights became active, it was already too late. His family was destroyed.

Although nobody was burned this time, Biczycki's work still shows the loneliness of a German Jew.

Some of Biczycki's Paintings

Biczycki prefers fast-drying, full-bodied and well-covering paints. He works with pencils, brushes and knives on standard canvas. What does not come out right, ends up in the fireplace. What comes out too personal too.

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