The work of forgotten master, Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987), opens this Saturday, May 5th at Varnish Fine Art. The show includes masterful bronze sculpture and never before exhibited two dimensional works. “I put Rodin in one pocket, Michelangelo in the other, and I walk towards the sun.” – Szukalski
Stanislav Szukalski was born in Warta, Poland on December 13, 1893. As a teenager he moved to Chicago where he became a member of the Chicago Renaissance Luminaries along with Ben Hecht, Carl Sandburg and Clarence Darrow. He was hailed as Poland’s “Greatest Living Artist,” upon his return to Poland in the 1920s. Much of his work was destroyed due to the ravages of Nazi forces during World War ll. He continued to make work in-spite of poverty and relative obscurity. He was rediscovered by publisher Glenn Bray in 1972. A retrospective of Szukalski’s works was exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum in 2001 under the patronage of Glenn Bray and the DiCaprio Family. His works are on permanent display at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago and the Polish National Museum in Warsaw and are in numerous private collections. Learn more about Szukalski’s by reading his biography here.
Opening reception at Saturday May 5, 2012 5:00PM – 7:00pm at Varnish Fine Art.
Landscape Painter as Cloud