Włodzimierz Pawlak was born in 1957 in Korytów, Poland. Over the period 1979-1985, he studied at the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Since 1986 Pawlak lectured at the Institute for Industrial Design at his alma mater (till 2007). Over the period 1982-1992 he was a member of Gruppa (Ryszard Grzyb, Jarosław Modzlewski, Paweł Kowalewski, Marek Sobczyk, Ryszard Woźniak), with whom he often exhibited and took part in artistic events. Co-founder and editor of Gruppa’s art magazine "Oj dobrze już". In the middle of 1991, in a group of paintings related to the subject of Władysław Strzemiński, the artist engaged a dialogue with the history of art in Poland, selecting a chapter heavily immersed in politics.