Jakub Rebelka was born in Starogard Gdanski into a family of artists. He is one of Poland's most recognizable and original comic artists. His highly individual style is expressive and innovative with a tendency to the grotesque and horrific; his colour palette is extremely vivid.
Rebelka studied painting at the Gdańsk Academy od Fine Arts, obtaining his MA in 2008. His diploma work was a cycle of paintings entitled 'Element of Chaos'. The cycle was later exhibited at the modern art gallery BWA in Wroclaw and BWA in Jelenia Gora (2010) with an accompanying art-book.
Rebelka debuted as a comic artist when he was 15 years old by receiving the Junior Grand Prix at the Polish International Comic Festival in Lodz (1997). The following year he received the Junior Grand Prix a second time together with writer Dawid Ciechocki. In 2001 he was awarded the 1st prize together with illustrator/writer Benedykt Szneider for their comic 'Oskar – King of Shadows'.
In 2002 his first book, 'Doctor Bryan', was published. The book received positive reviews and its author was compared to artists like Edvard Munch and Ted McKeever. After his debut Rebelka went on to create a row of dystopic and grotesque horror comics that could inspire movie directors such as Robert Wiene or Fritz Lang.
His work has been exhibited many times in Poland and abroad (France, Canada, Japan, Croatia) and published in many comic anthologies and magazines. He has collaborated with Polish comic writers like Rafal Skarzycki, Dennis Wojda and Bartosz Sztybor. Among his books are 'The Ballad of Edward' ('Ballada o Edwardzie', 2003), 'Doctor Bryan 2 - The Soul Archipelago' ('Doktor Bryan 2 - Archipelag duszy', 2005), 'Ester & Klemens. The Three Heads of Professor Muri' ('Ester i Klemens. Trzy glowy profesora Muri', 2007), 'Dick4Dick. Zordax' Harem' ('Dick4Dick. Harem Zordaxa', 2009) and 'Element of Chaos' ('Element chaosu', 2010).
Rebelka also worked on the critically praised video game 'The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings' (2011) as illustrator for the animated cutscenes and background/character designer. He is a renowned painter of public art murals and his work can be seen in Gdansk, Sopot, Warsaw and Bremen. He lives with his family in Gdansk where he works as an illustrator.