Jakubowski was born in Starograd Gdanski, Poland on June 10, 1929.
He received his art education studying with Professor Jerzy Hoppen
in the College of Fine Arts of Nicolas Copernicus University in
Torun, Poland, where he graduated in 1953 with a Master's Degree
in Fine Arts. For the first part of his career Mr. Jakubowski's
work was primarily devoted to woodcuts and copperplate engraving.
In 1960 he stopped doing woodcuts in order to explore dry point,
but continued to do copperplate engravings.
Jakubowski's work since then has been primarily copperplate engraved
bookplates also known as ex libris. Using this technique he has
to date created close to 1000 ex libris, solidifying his reputation
as the most significant Polish copper plate engraver in recent memory.
His ex libris are small elegant works of art, which have garnered
him worldwide recognition. This work is extraordinarily detailed
and incorporates a wide variety of imagery. The subjects include
the human figure, animals and other figures from nature, in addition
to more abstract and symbolic images. The well-known Polish philosopher
Professor W. Tatarkiewicz once stated that, " these miniature
works are perfect in two ways: first because they strive for perfection;
and second because they achieve this perfection to a high degree."
Jakubowski has published 17 folio collections of his work that include
100 ex libris in each folio. His work is highly valued by private
collectors and has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries,
and libraries. He has received wide acclaim for his work having
won numerous awards and prizes, including being one of four recipients
in 100 years of a medal awarded by the German Association of Ex
Libris Collectors. He was the initiator and organizer of the International
Biennale of Modern Bookplate Arts in the Castle of Malbork, Poland,
which is a highly selective juried competition that has attracted
ex libris artists from worldwide since 1964.