The intention of the Finest Folk Art website is to become a place for presenting carefully selected works of the best folk artists. Our objective is to show the world folk art created primarily by self-taught artists without professional art education but with a large workshop and talent to create their art, which evokes awe and are an expression of great passion in the practiced craft. The website focuses mainly on sculpture and painting, however, we are not excluding an expansion of the website's gallery in the future by adding other works such as handmade jewelry and artistic cut-outs being a characteristic attribute and the so called trade mark of Polish folk art. Works published on our website are presented with the knowledge and consent of the artists themselves, with whom we make every effort to upkeep constant contact. It is our fervent hope, that with time, FFA will become one of its kind online museum of Polish folk art.
Roman Śledź lives in Malinówka, Lublin Voivodeship, where was born in 1948. Śledź started sculpting at the end of the sixties but it was many years before his work began to attract attention. Śledź’s work could hardly be described as folk art, and his lack of formal art education made it difficult for him to be taken seriously as a professional artist. This precluded galleries from exhibiting or selling his sculptures. Fortunately, Śledź persisted despite the difficulties and finally saw “Cepelia”, his first personal exhibition, staged in 1978. This marked the turning point in his artistic career. Ever since then, Śledź’s art has been widely exhibited and his works grace museums and private collections in Poland and abroad. He has also sculpted the Stations of the Cross for a couple of churches in Germany. Success has not changed Śledź’s approach to his art. He can still experience the intensity of Golgotha as is so painfully evident in the authenticity and sensitivity of the agony and torment etched into the figures he creates with such harmony of composition. Śledź sculpts multifigure compositions and is a master with colour. He is attracted to mournful and painful themes steeped in faith and based on a permanent contemplation of Gospel truth. Śledź does not view his inspiration in the church as iconographic. His compositions are born of personal interpretations of deeply felt religious texts.
Tadeusz Szulc was born in Wola Korybutowa, Lublin Voivodeship, in 1952, where he still lives and creates. The son of well-known sculptor Stanisław Szulc, he was exposed to sculpture from a very early age. Szulc is a member of the Association of Folk Artists (STL). His preferred medium is lime tree wood and his works include both monochromatic and colourful representations of religious motifs and scenes depicting village life. Szulc has won numerous prizes and awards, including 1st prize in the “Ogólnopolski Konkurs Sztuki Ludowej Młodych” (National Youth Folk Art Competition) in Warsaw 1969 and 1st prize in the “Wojewódzki Konkurs Sztuki Ludowej Młodych” (Voivodeship Youth Folk Art Competition). Szulc is now teaching sculpting to his son Michał.