Tadeusz Was was born in Zerow, Southeast Poland in 1912. He studied at the Polish Institute of Fine Art, Krakow for 5 years. at Krakow. He graduated in 1939 and was conscripted into the Polish Army. He served in Italy until the end of the war and studied in Rome where he won the Silver Medal at the 1946 International Art Show.
He was demobbed from the Polish Army in Glasgow in 1947 and sent to a DPP Camp near Nantwich, Cheshire. He continued to painting and, on discovering later that his degree was valid in the UK, he began to teach part time in the evenings at Crewe College of Art.
Active in the Crewe area for many years and set up a coalition of Artists known as Group Five who exhibited throughout the Northwest. A solo exhibition – `Lost in Crewe` was held at the Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington in 1991. He he died in 2005 just before an exhibition at the Portico Gallery, Manchester was to be held.