Wiktor Górka (1922 -2004) was a well renowned Polish artist and graphic designer.
In 1952, Górka obtained a degree in graphic design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. He was also a co-founder of the “Polish School of Posters”. The core principles being: simplicity and clarity, the use of concise symbols and poetic metaphors, as well as diverse means of expression.
Between the 50s and the 80s Wiktor Górka worked with the biggest Polish publishers and film distributors. He designed posters (amounting to nearly 300), book and magazine covers, commercial logos and prints.
Górka created posters for many films such as: Spartacus – Beatrice Cenci – Two for the Seesaw – How Far, How Near – The Great Escape – Twilight of the Gods – One Man Band – 2001: A Space Odyssey – Sleepy Hollow – Marathon Man. His most famous work is the poster design for the cult film Cabaret (1973) directed by Bob Fosse with the memorable performance of Liza Minelli.
The artist participated in many exhibitions around the world. His posters and projects were awarded in both Polish and International competitions. Górka was awarded first prize at the International Competition for Tourist Posters in Berlin (1967). In 1970 he traveled to Havana (Cuba) with a group of Polish graphic designers to conduct training on graphic design development. The next stage of his journey was the capital of Mexico. He then worked as a teacher at prestigious Mexican art schools from the 1970s through to the 1990s. During the 6th International Poster Bienniale in Mexico in 2000, Górka received the top award for his contribution to the development of graphic arts in Mexico.