He worked at the Miniature Films Studio and studied at the Faculty of Cinematography of the Lodz Film School. Co-founder and member of avant-garde group Warsztat Formy Filmowej (Film Form Workshop) at the Film School in Łódź. In 1983 his movie “Tango”, produced in the Studio of Small Film Forms SE-MA-FOR, received the Academy Award.
His nickname Big Zbig is the result of enthusiastic international reception by critics and the audience of his videos to the music of famous artists such as John Lennon, Mick Jagger, The Art of Noise, Chuck Mangione, Pet Shop Boys, Yoko Ono, Lou Reed, Lady Pank and to such films as “Steps”, “The Fourth Dimension”, “The Orchestra”, “Manhattan, Washington, Kafka”. Some of his over 30 music videos were the first HDTV clips (for example “Imagine”). In March 2009 he returned to Poland from the USA and settled in Wrocław. He is now working on opening the Wrocław Visual Technologies Studio at the Wrocław Feature Films. This is going to be the most advanced studio in the world for production of film special effects with the use of state-of-the art computer technology to create multi-layer images, CGI, 3D. Zbigniew Rybczyński has received a number of prestigious film prizes, i.a. Prix Italia, Emmy, MTV Video Music Awards and Video Vanguard Award for “being visionary in the field of music videos”, and a Gloria Artis Medal in 2008. Zbigniew Rybczyński is also a lecturer and professor at the Lodz Film School, Columbia University in New York, Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne (1998-2001), and Yoshiba University of Art and Design in Tokio.