Albert Chmielowski (birth name: Adam Chmielowski, born August 20, 1845 in Igołomia, Poland, † December 25, 1916 in Kraków ) was a Polish painter and founder of the order. He is a saint of the Catholic Church.
Chmielowski came from a noble family and was an early example. He took part in the January Uprising. In 1863 he was seriously injured and lost a leg.
In 1865 he began studying art in Warsaw. From 1866 to 1867 he studied in Ghent and Paris and continued his studies from 1869 to 1874 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich continues. First, resulting in Munich show works allusions to the works of Arnold Böcklin and Anselm Feuerbach. With Józef Brandt and Leon Wyczółkowski Chmielowski belonged to the then Polish artist group in Munich. Especially with Maksymilian Gierymski he was a friend.
From 1875 to 1877, he then lived in Warsaw; here he belonged to a group of artists who operated a well-known studio in the Hotel Europejski.
In 1887, he joined the Third Order of the Franciscans and took it for religious name Albert. Albert devoted himself particularly homeless people and beggars in Krakow. In 1888 he founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Poor in the Third Order of St. Francis, which mainly take care of marginalized groups. The members are also called Albertine. In 1891 he founded a female branch of his congregation.
Chmielowski was beatified in 1983 and canonized in 1989 by Pope John Paul II.