Andrew Bukowinski was born on the 15th of March 1940 in Warsaw. His father, Mieczysław Bukowiński, was an officer in Polish Air Force during World War II and served as a pilot in the English Royal Air Force (RAF). His mother, Apolinaria Śniegocka, was a pharmacist.
Andrew Bukowinski left Poland in 1946 and for another three years lived in London. In 1949 he moved to Argentina, where he stayed until 1972. He studied architecture. In 1961, he began his career as a director of commercials. Now he is considered as one of the pioneers of this industry.
In 1973, he moved to Brazil, where he established his business, film production ABA LTD (now ABAFILMES).
In 1964, at the age of 24, he received the first prize at the International Advertising Film Festival in Venice (now Cannes Lions).
In 1969, he won his first Gold Lion for Argentina for the movie "Braniff Football"
In 1970 and 1971, he received two Gold Lions for the films "Semaphore" and "Drowned" and thus became the only director in the world who has won three consecutive Gold Lions at the International Advertising Film Festival in Cannes SAWA.
In 1975, he won his first Gold Lion for Brazil for the movie "A man in his forties". The following year, he won the Gold Lion for the next movie "The man frustrated" for Bank Bemerindus.
He received the "Professionals of the Year" (Globo TV) award - the most important award of the Brazilian advertising Twelve times and thus became the most awarded director.
He won 25 Lions at international festivals in Cannes / Venice (1964-1997).
In 1999, he received a third "Clio" in New York for "The World" newspaper "Folha de Sao Paulo".
The film "Hitler" (client: the newspaper "Folha de Sao Paulo" and the agency W / Brasil) was listed as "One of 40 World's Best Commercials of the Century".
Andrew Bukowinski returned for the first time to Poland in 1989. During this time, he found his roots and the Polish language, which he did not speak for more than 40 years.
In 1992, he and his daughter Paula received a Polish passport.
In 1998 he was invited to Lódź advertising festival "Demo".
In 1999, he received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta Polish.
In 2000 was awarded the "Titan" in Cracow (Crackfilm) for "Most Outstanding Advertising Developers Polish Lifetime Achievement Award".
In 2003, on the fifteenth Polish Film Festival in America (Chicago, IL) was awarded the "Wings" (Wings Award) for "outstanding achievements in film outside the Polish"
In his lifetime, he directed more than 3,000 commercials. He has directed more than 100 commercials for the Polish market. In November 2006, received the order "Gloria Artis".
Andrew Bukowinski is still active in his work.