I was born in 1940 in part of Poland that changed to the Ukraine during the ferocious days of World War II. I knew from an early age that I wanted to be an artist. The love of art came naturally, watching my mother who was also a painter. As an artist I am entirely self taught. The fear of becoming a “starving artist” planted by my father led me go to University in Wroclaw to study physics. During that time I discovered photography. While studying physics, I longed to break the bond of closed society of communist Poland.
I then decided to go to the Naval Academy. I graduated as a navigator. I spent the next 20 years sailing around the world working for different Polish merchant companies. I used photography as my sketch book to capture the world around me. During these trips I was also able to visit many galleries and museums. After seeing all of these wonderful works of art and the world, it fed my need to be an artist. When I was not on duty I was home with my family and painting.
I am now focused on painting all the time. I am now exploring my vast knowledge and experience through my art. There are always new works waiting to be painted. The photos of my travels are an invaluable inspiration to my work.
I have shown my paintings in many solo and group exhibitions including in Chicago at One Illinois Center Building and in Poland at Awangarda Gallery in Wroclaw. My works can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world, including Maison Internationale Des Gents DeMer, in Rouen, France; the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk, Poland; the Muzeum Dawnego Kupiectwa in Swidnica, Poland; and numerous other venues.