Born in 1958 in Cracow (Poland), Janusz Stega lives and works in Lille. In 1975, he discovered the existence of rolls of rubber covered with decorative patterns that building painters in his country of origin used to create the illusion of wallpaper, which was very expensive at the time. Shortly afterwards, he always used these rolls in his paintings and photographs. In both cases, there is a play between the pattern created by the passage of the roll (which is of a decorative nature) and the history that it camouflages. For the artist, these decorative patterns have become the letters of an indecipherable text, the only evidence of a time that is gone forever.
In 1999, Janusz Stega created the Dalle à motifs [Patterned Slab] (named in reference to the famous Ammonite Slab near Digne), which is located in Saint-Benoît Park, Digne-les-Bains.