Zbigniew Grzyb: The Italian Paintings-February 8-April 19 2014
Garvey Rita  Art & Antiques Zbigniew Grzyb: The Italian Paintings-February 8-April 19 2014 Oil on canvas
Oil on canvas
60 x 32 inches

This focused group of work was created in 1980-1981 and represents a filtering of Grzyb's experience in Italy and his evolving interest in pure abstraction. Here one can find remnants of classical Renaissance architecture and figures being obliterated by passages of paint. These paintings provide clear insight into the artist's development as he transitioned from a more formal academic imagery to a more gestural and non-objective style. As with much of Grzyb's work these paintings show an intense involvement with color and a beautiful Mediterranean palette is present throughout.

Zbigniew Grzyb studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow, Poland, graduating with a master's degree. He left Poland for further study, and traveled through Italy, France and Turkey exhibiting his work. He emigrated to the United States in 1973 and In 1983 he had his first one-person museum show, at the New Britain Museum of Art. He was included in the Mattatuck Museum's Biennial and most recently had a show at the National Museum in Przemyl, Poland. In addition to showing his work throughout New England and New York, he is a recipient of Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, and in 2008 received a grant from the Greater Hartford Arts Council. His work is in the collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and the State of Connecticut Artists Collection.