Eljasz-Radzikowski Walery Jan Kanty

Painter, born in 1841, died in 1905 in Kraków. He studied at the SSP and then in Munich, he made study trips to Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland. In 1872 he became a drawing teacher at St. Anna, then also in the women’s teachers’ college. A fan of the Tatra Mountains and their popularization, author of many articles on the subject of the Tatra Mountains in the “weekly illustrated” and “Kłosy”. Co-founder and activist of the Tatra Society, co-organizer of the School of Wood Industry in Zakopane, author of a guide to Krakow.


He was a pioneer of photography, art, he painted religious pictures, landscapes, battle scenes and many others. He designed costumes for theater plays. In Krakow, you can find his works at the National Museum, the Historical Museum, the Jagiellonian Library and the Archives of the City of Krakow.

His grandfather was a Bar Confederate, and in hiding he changed his family name from Radzikowski to Eljasz, which was taken over by his successors. Only the grandson – Walery Jan Kanty returned to his family name.

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