Jan Tarasin was a Polsh illustrator, painter, photographer, and art theorist. In 1951 he obtained a degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. In the 1970s he was a teacher, and between 1987 and 1990 a rector, at the same institution. He made his debut already as a student during the First Contemporary Art Exhibition in Cracow. Initially, his paintings had realistic qualities, with time becoming more abstract. His works were created by placing on surfaces elements that he named "items." Various signs and symbols, whose role was to capture rules of existence, are essential for his art. He was awarded several prestigeous awards, i.a., Jan Cybis Award (1984).