Bruno Podjaski was born near Stargard Gdanski
(Poland). After the elementary school he worked as a stoker. In 1968 he appeared to have
tuberculosis and was sent to a sanatorium in a village in the south of Poland called
Bukowiec. There he met Jozef Gielniak a famous Polish painter who also had TB. Gielnak
taught him to paint and had a very important influence on his work. Both men stayed for
many years in the sanatorium; Gielniak died and Podjaski recovered. After his dismissal as
a patient the sanatorium appointed Podjaski as a gardener.
The peak of Podjaskis skills are especially expressed in his sanatorium paintings. They show us extraordinary, touching and imaginative evidences of live and death in the sanatorium.
Source: Muzeum Slaska Opolskiego. "Nieprofesjonalna plastyka na Slasku.Malarstwo. Rzezba".