Background: Teodor Axentowicz was born May 13, 1859 in Brasov, Hungary (now Romania), to a family of Polish- Armenian ancestry.
Education: Between 1879 and 1882 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From there he moved to Paris, where he was a student of Carolus-Duran and continued his education until 1895. During that time he started a long-time cooperation with various journals and started his career as a copyist, duplicating the works of Tizian and Boticelli for Le Monde Illustre. He also made numerous travels to London and Rome, where he prepared a set of portraits, one of the first in his career.
Achievements: In 1894 he started collaboration with Wojciech Kossak and Jan Styka during the preparation of the Raclawice Panorama, one of the largest panoramic paintings in the history of Polish art. The following year he moved to Kraków, where he became a professor at the local Academy of Fine Arts. He was also active in the local society and cooperated with various societies devoted to propagation of arts and crafts.
Throughout his life he had numerous exhibitions, both in Poland and abroad. He was awarded many gold metals at both national and international exhibitions. The most notable were organized in: Berlin (1896, 1913), St. Louis (1904), Munich (1905, 1935), London (1906), Vienna (1908), Rome (1911), Venice (1914, 1926), Paris (1921), Chicago (1927) and Prague (1927). His paintings can be found in almost all public collections in Poland and in numerous private ones there and abroad.
In 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, Axentowicz received a Special Commemorative Award in recognition of distinguished service in connection with various national sections of the Department of Art.