Tadeusz Was was born in Zerow, Southeast Poland in 1912. He studied at the Polish Institute of Fine Art, Krakow for 5 years. He graduated in 1939 and was conscripted into the Polish Army. He served in Italy until the end of the war. Then he studied painting in Rome where he won the Silver Medal at the 1946 International Art Show.
He was demobbed from the Polish Army in 1947 and was sent to a DPP Camp near Nantwich, Cheshire. He continued 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.
He was active in the Crewe area for many years and set up a coalition of Artists known as Group Five. The group exhibited throughout the Northwest of England.
Tadeusz Was held a solo exhibition called `Lost in Crewe` at the Museum and Art Gallery in Warrington in 1991.
He died in 2005 just before an exhibition of his work at the Portico Gallery, Manchester, was to be held.