Jan Kamienski was born in 1923 in Poznan, Poland where he began his art training.

After studying in Paris, at Ecole des Arts et Metiers, Kamienski attended the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in Germany, where he studied painting and graphics and earned the designation of Master Student.

Kamienski moved to Canada in 1949 and settled in Winnipeg to work as a commercial artist, designer, and illustrator. In 1991, following a successful career as a political cartoonist, art critic, columnist, editorial writer and arts page editor, Kamienski returned to painting full-time.

Kamienski's works can be found in collections in Germany, France, England, Poland, and Canada.