Thorgal, by Rosinski
Thorgal #8 - Alinoë (1985).

Born in Stalowa Wola, Grzegorz Rosinski grew up in Poland during the communist reign. He discovered Western European comics through the Vaillant magazine, that was distributed in Eastern Europe by the French Communist Party. He made his first comics in 1955, aged 16, and two years later he became editor-in-chief of a scouting magazine. He studied Graphic Arts in Warsaw from 1961 to 1967.

Tintin cover by RosinskiTintin cover by Rosinski
Cover illustrations for Tintin magazine. 

He started his drawing career in Korespondent Wszedobylski and he illustrated about 20 comic books in the series 'Kapitan Zbik' and 'Pilot Smiglowca' for the Polish publisher Sport i Turystyka between 1968 and 1972. From 1974 to 1976 he and Barbara Seidler made three bilingual books with comic adaptations of Polish legends. 

Polish Legends by Grzegorz Rosinski
'Polish Legends'.

Rosinski became art director of the magazine Relax in 1976, and also also took on historical and science fiction stories for this magazine. In the mid-1970s, he met André-Paul Duchâteau and Jean Van Hamme, who were very impressed by Rosinski's talent.

short story for Le Trombone Illustré, by Grzegorz Rosinksi
Short story from Le Trombone Illustré, 14 April 1977. 

Rosinski came to Brussels and began a prolific career in Belgian comics. His first comics were 'L'Assassin' for Tintin, short stories in Le Trombone Illustré and 'La Croisiere Fantastique' in Spirou under the pseudonym Rosek. He had his breakthrough with the fantastic 'Thorgal' series, written by Jean van Hamme and first serialized in Tintin magazine in 1977.

Hans, by Grzegorz Rosinski
Hans #3 - 'Les Mutants de Xanaïa' (1986).

Three years after the launch of the 'Thorgal' saga, Rosinski teamed up with Duchâteau to create the science fiction series 'Hans'. After six episodes, Rosinski handed over the artwork of 'Hans' to Kas to focus on 'Thorgal'.

Le Grand pouvoir du Chninkel, by Grzegorz Rosinski
'Le Grand pouvoir du Chninkel' (1988).

In 1988 Rosinski and Van Hamme made the critically acclaimed fantasy graphic novel 'Le Grand pouvoir du Chninkel' for Casterman's Les Romans (A suivre) collection. The original story appeared in black and white, it reprinted in color as a trilogy in 2001 and 2002.

La Complainte des Landes Perdues #3 - Dame Gerfaut (1996), by Grzegorz Rosinski
'La Complainte des Landes Perdues' #3 - 'Dame Gerfaut' (1996).

Between 1993 and 1998 Rosinski made four books in the series 'La Complainte des Landes Perdues' with writer Jean Dufaux for Dargaud publishers. He made a new one shot with Van Hamme for Lombard in 2001, this time in the western genre, aptly named 'Western'.

La Vengeance du Comte Skarbek #2 - Un coeur de bronze (2005), by Grzegorz Rosinski
'La Vengeance du Comte Skarbek' #2 - 'Un Coeur de Bronze' (2005).

Always a perfectionist, Rosinski does everything himself, including the inking and lettering. He often experiments with new drawing styles, like in the fully painted trilogy 'La Vengeance du Comte Skarbek', that he made with Yves Sente for Dargaud between 2004 and 2008.

He was one of several artists to make a graphic contribution to 'Pepperland’ (1980), a collective comic book tribute to the store Pepperland, to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the time. 

Thorgal, by Grzegorz Rosinski
Thorgal #30 - 'Moi, Jolan' (2007).

When Jean Van Hamme retired from 'Thorgal' in 2007, Rosinski continued the series with Sente from album 30. He is also supervisor of the spin-off series 'Les Mondes de Thorgal', that he and Sente launched in 2010. Grzegorz Rosinski was invested with a knighthood in the Belgian Order of Leopold in 2010, and in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2013.  On 13 November 2013 a mural honouring 'Thorgal' was inaugurated at the Place Anneessens / Anneessensplaats in Brussels, as part of the Brussels' Comic Book Route. 

Grzegorz Rosinski was a strong influence on Stephan Louwes.

Roba and other artists of the 'Belgian school'
Rosinski and other artists of the 'Franco-Belgian school'. From left to right: Rosinski, Will, Roba, Rafael MoralesJacques Martin, Paul Roux, Batem.

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