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STATEMENT & BIOGRAPHY

MICHAEL PEDZIWIATR

STATEMENT

Twenty years ago and a whole lot of water under the bridge, I find myself at that same spot - making images and striving to make each one a bit more powerful than the last.

Alchemy, adversity, relationship, and dialogue are the terms which come into my mind when people ask what my paintings are about. A relationship may exist between two forms at opposite corners of the canvas, or two colors woven into each other. A dialogue exists when the forms, colors, brushstrokes, and figures within the rectangular canvas speak to each other. Of course, the most significant dialogue occurs when a person becomes a viewer in front of a painting.

I believe all artists strive for the alchemist's magic. They are attempting to transform a viewer's experience into gold. The process of layering paint upon drawing, upon brushstrokes, upon hundreds of marks, triggers the alchemist's quest to transform lead into gold, or dreams into reality. A paintbrush represents lead, the finished canvas is golden.

The swimmer is also a metaphor for all artists striving and laboring to make it to the other side. Swimming is hard work and so is making art!

If the viewer easily understands what everything means within one of my works then I have failed. There must be mystery. The painting must reveal itself only over a long period of time. It must never reveal itself totally. A person must see surprises, and make new discoveries each time they view my work.

In the end making art is difficult work, but it is a profession unlike any other. It has many unique rewards - some are strange, some are golden.

Micheal Emro Pedziwiatr October, 1998

 

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BIOGRAPHY

MICHAEL PEDZIWIATR
FINE ART

66 South Seaward Avenue
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 648-4571

EDUCATION

1995 University of Denver. Master of Fine Arts.

1978-79 Art Students League, New York Ciy. Studied figurative drawing
with Marshall Glasier and painting with Bruce Dorffman.

1976-77 Evergreen Visual Arts Center, Colorado. Apprenticed with artist
John David Rigsby, studied figurative drawing and painting.

1970-72 Boulder Free University, studied photography.

1964-68 Ball State University, Received Bachelor's Degree in History and Psychology.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1994 University of Denver, Sculpture.

1991-1992 Littleton Public Schools, Artist in Residence

1983-1988 Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Denver, Co.

Taught drawing techniques and painting workshops.

1968-70 Gary, Indiana Public Schools, taught History and Psychology.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1994 University of Denver, M.F.A. Exhibition, Travelogue.

1992 Hassel Haesler Gallery, Denver, CO. Wood and Bronze.

1989 Shidoni Contemporary Gallery, Tesuque, NM. New Work.

1989 Brigitte Schluger Gallery, Denver, CO. Grids and Boxes.

1986 Pirate Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO. Primary Structure.
Drawings and Wall Constructions.

1985 Pirate Contemporary Art Oasis, Denver, CO. Agave Years.
Ten year Overview: drawings, paintings and sculpture.

1982 Emmanuel GALLERY,

METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE, Denver, CO."Western Installation," Installation of large-scale paintings & sculpture.

1980 RIVER GALLERY, Denver, CO. "Recent paintings."

1978 ARVADA CENTER POR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES, Denver, CO.
"Recent Work."

1977 EVERGREEN VISUAL ARTS CENTER, Evergreen, CO.

"Paintings and Drawings."

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1 998 THRESHOLD GALLERY, SANTA MONICA, CA.

1 993 HASSEL HAESELER, DENVER, CO.

1989 LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, Los Angeles, CA.
Los Angeles International Art Exhibition.

1989 ALENE LAPIDES GALLERY, Santa Fe, NM.

1989 BEVERLY GORDON GALLERY, Dallas, TX. "Stuff."

1988 THE GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITY OF

COLORADO, Colorado Springs, CO.

"Wood! Contemporary Sculpture."

1988 BRIGITTE SCHLUGER GALLERY, Denver, CO. "New Work."

1987 DENVER REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION, Denver, CO.
"Expo Exposes the Best."

1987 PIRATE CONTEPORARY ART OASIS, Denver, CO.
"Menage a Trois," with Kevin Robb and Lindy Lyman.

1987 CYDNEY PAYTON GALLERY, Denver, CO.
"Michael Pedziwiatr and Dale Chisman."

1986 INKFISH GALLERY, Denver, CO. "Gallery Artists."

1985 PIRATE CONTEMPORARY ART OASIS, Denver, CO.
"Gallery Artists."

1985 EASTMAN WALMANDORF GALLERY, NY, NY, "New Talent"

1985 THE GALLERY AT HUDSON'S BAY, Denver, CO.
"David Adams selects," juried show.

1985 KYLE BELDING GALLERY, Denver, CO.
"Sculpture on the Mall.

1985 HORIZON GALLERY, Ft. Collins, CO.
"Three point Landing."

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1984 PIRATE CONTEMPORARY ART OASIS, Denver, CO.
"Out of State, Out of Mind."

1984 PRESCOTT GALLERY, Santa Fe, NM. "New Works."

1984 INKFISH GALLERY, Denver, CO. "Gallery Artists."

1984 ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS & HUMANITIES, Arvada, CO.
"A Colorado Painting Show."

1983 RTD PLAZA, Denver, CO. "Mayor's Commission for the Arts,"
temporary outdoor sculpture.

1983 PIRATE CONTEMPORARY ART OASIS, Denver, CO. "Quirks,"
Two person show with Gayla Joy Randolph.

1982 MARILYN BUTLER GALLERY, Scottsdale, AZ.
"Cowboys: New Western Images ."

1982 ROBISCHON GALLERY, Denver, CO. "New Artist."

1981 BOULDER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, Boulder, CO. "Arts '81."

COLLECTIONS
Michael Bellamy Development, Denver, CO
Westbrook Realty, Denver, CO
Doubleday Collection, Wyoming
David Adams, Denver, CO
Jan Abrams Collection, New York City
Jonathan Taylor, Inc., New York City
James smith, Salt Lake City, UT
Mr and Mrs. M. Shapiro, Boulder, CO
Mr. Thomas Leach, Denver, CO
Mr. Paul Scherzer, Denver, CO
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fabian, Golden, CO
Ms. Lisa Sauer, Chicago, IL
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richwalski, St. John, IN
Ms. Pat Cudd, Denver, CO
Ms. Kristy Bakker, New York City
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Utter, Denver, CO
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Truscott, Denver, CO
Ms. Barbara Kowalyski, Newport Beach, CA
Mr. Taras Tulek, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Kevin Spier, Houston,. TX
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Ashe, Denver, CO
Mr. Jeff Williams, Denver, CO
Ms. Kathy Erbacher, Denver, Co
Mr. Stanley Cuba, Denver, CO
Mr. John.Kimble, Houston, TX
Ms. Susan Hatfield, Santa Monica, CA


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