Honorary Patrons: Piotr Dzięciołowski, Piotr & Magdalena Dybowski


Guardians: Stanisław Baj, Janusz Maciąg (his grandson), Artur Bieńkowski

A painter (Academy of Arts in Cracov), a rider, a soldier. Professor Michał Bylina’s student. An art visionary (


Ludwik Maciąg was born in 1920 in Kraków.

Around 1922, Maciąg’s family moved from Cracow to Biała Podlaska where Ludwik finished then the grammar school named after Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. After obtaining the secondary-school certificate, he was going to study at Academy of Arts in Warsaw but, as he wrote: “the war prolonged my self-education”. The German occupation provoked his immediate conspiracy.

Ludwik Maciąg finished the military college of Home Army and, in 1944, received an assignment to the mounted reconnaissance of the partisan unit “Zenon” of 34 P.P. of Home Army After the war, as a soldier of Home Army, he had to hide from NKVD (Soviet secret police). At that time, he worked as a forester and a groom at the stud farm in Janów Podlaski. Then, he began artistic studies at Academy of Arts in Cracow; after a semester, he continued learning at Academy of Arts in Warsaw where he graduated in 1951 as a graphic artist.

In the period of 1950-1990, he was an assistant of professor Tadeusz Kulisiewicz at his mother academy at the Painting Faculty and immediately after diploma, he was a tutor at the studio of Michał Bylina. In the period of 1969-1972, he was a dean of the Painting Faculty and since 1987 – a full professor of the Academy of Arts. As a many years’ educator at his mother academy, he also painted, created business graphics, designed fabrics, post stamps, posters. His works were shown at numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad.

His paintings include Polish landscape, horses and subjects dealing with the war and guerrilla to show his personal experiences. As regards business graphics, Prof. Ludwik Maciąg designed occasional posters and post stamps, e.g., the series: “Horses” and “Polish cavalry”; he was an author of many well-known book illustrations and tapestries as well as polychromies at the Roman Church dedicated to Assumption of Mary in Bodzanów near Płock.

In his pictorial achievements, he had a series of individual exhibitions home and abroad, among others in England, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, the United States and Canada. He participated in collective exhibitions of Polish art abroad, in many European countries, as well as in China, India and Iran. The works by Prof. Ludwik Maciąg can be found in many museums, among others in: National Museum and Polish Army Museum in Warsaw, South Podlasie Museum in Biała Podlaska, Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, Folkestone Gallery and Cassel Galerie in England as well as in private collections in Poland and U.S.A.

Author: Stanisław Baj

Click to see the entry about the artist at Polish Digital Equestrian Library

Ludwik Maciąg died in Gulczewo on 07 August 2007; he was buried at the cemetery in Wesoła.

Polish Digital Equestrian Library:

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„Ludwik Maciąg” (2021) – Magdalena Dybowska

„Nie był malarzem koni” (2015) – Piotr Dzięciołowski

„Ludwik Maciąg – między siodłem a paletą” (2007) – Zenon Lipowicz

„L. Maciąg” (1999) – Ludwik Maciąg

„Wierność doznaniom była moją busolą” (1999) – Jan Krauze

„A Family of Artists – Otto, Anna, Ludwik Maciąg” (1997) – Ludwik i Otto Maciąg

„MACIĄG – Ludwik Maciąg – Malarstwo” (1994) – Ludwik Maciąg

„Koń mój przyjaciel” (1988) – Ludwik Maciąg

„Wśród koni Ludwika Maciąga” (1985) – Stanisław Ledóchowski

„Ludwik Maciąg” (1981) – Stanisław Ledóchowski

„Ludwik Maciąg – between the saddle and a painter’s palette” EN – Zenon Lipowicz

Ludwik Maciąg – Wizjoner Sztuki | PCBJ

Ludwiku, o Tobie i dla Ciebie cz. 1 | FILM

Ludwiku, o Tobie i dla Ciebie cz. 2 | FILM