The year of Chernobyl disaster - 1986. I was in the USA, had an
exhibition in Chicago, and lived at the home of H. Yepstas. The walls of
his hallway displayed wooden masks, at which l glanced occassionally.
One day Henrietta said: "Couldn't you try doing something like that?". l
did not think about it first. In time, however, the idea returned to me.
I had a room for drawing, so I started with crayons. The first series
emerged. Another one in Los Angeles, yet another in New York. I noticed
interest in them. The "New York Times" critic Steven Heller published an
article called "Masked Man" in "The Print
. I did another series after returning to Warsaw. They
became a new motif of my posters, and recently they have appeared in the
book "Little Pig". The German "Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazine"
published an extensive article on my masks.