Mariusz Zdybal .........(1)

photo by Grzegorz Płaczek

The deep conviction held since the 19th century, and still common to date, that studies at an academy are a sine qua non condition in the career of every artist, has been especially deeply rooted in Poland. In face of the growing freedom of expression and achievements in the field of fine arts that have been arising for years, and the ever more numerous controversies which these activities give rise to, it is the diploma of completing this kind of institution of higher education that would be to label them as stricte artistic. The case of Mariusz Zdybał, whom lack of academic education did not disturb in becoming a well-known and successful painter, proves, that it does not have to be like that at all. His way to Parnassus is a hard, divided into many years, process of self-education enhanced by a natural talent, patience and nearly steel-like consistency in striving for his goals.

Mariusz Zdybał was born in 1955 in Warsaw. In this capital city, he spent his youth and completed his education, not artistic in the least. Satori came relatively late, because as late as 1981. Personal, existential in nature perturbations, made the 26-year-old then Zdybał completely overvalue his as yet life. The consequence of his reflections, and the decisions made on their premises, was his removal to the provincial– in the good sense of the word – Jelenia Góra. Finding himself there, he decided that he would make a living painting [sic!]. Aware of his talent and filled with the zest of a neophyte, he started off from studying and copying well-known paintings of famous creators, which he would then successfully sell. "The best of the best" became his teachers and masters– outstanding European artists creating since the Middle Ages down to contemporary times. It is impossible to name them all here, though the few, who particularly meaningfully influenced the shaping of Zdybał's later individual style, are worth mentioning. They are: Sandro Botticelli from Florence, with his linearism decorativeness and great grace in painting female silhouettes; Tiziano Vecelli from Venice commonly known as Titian, wielding a sophisticated modest colour range and a master of glaze; numerous representatives of the 17th century Dutch school – masters "big and small" – attributing great importance to general high quality of accomplishing their works, far-reaching realism and utterly unbelievable precision in reflecting even the tiniest details; and finally Salvador Dali, using, as nobody before him, unrestrained imagination to show common reality in innovative contexts. All the above features are easily found in Zdybał's later creations, when after years of studies and imitation, he decided to paint his own works. It is the art of the generations and centuries past, which helped him work-out his personal easily-recognizable convention of artistic expression; and this regards both the workshop /technique/ and principles of ordering the surface of the painting /style/.


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Melancholy Feng Shui We are the Champions

"Melancholy", 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 120 cm, private collection
"Feng Shui", 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 60 cm, for sale
"We are the Champions", 2015, oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm, for sale

Infinity Lighthouse Keeper Marilyn

"Infinity", 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm, private collection
"Lighthouse Keeper", 2014, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, private collection
"Marilyn", 2014, oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm, private collection

Alpha and Omega Line of Life Sagittarius

"Alpha and Omega", 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, private collection
"Line of Life", 2014, oil on canvas, 40 x 60 cm, for sale
"Sagittarius", 2014, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, private collection
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