Once described as “a young prophet in paint” by a prominent New York newspaper, Dan Krzywicki has intrigued the New York area art world for decades. His innovative techniques, primarily using oil paint on canvas, use a modern rendition of the renaissance technique. His style ranges from thought provoking religious abstracts to novel landscapes.
Dan has had one-man shows in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston as well as many smaller venues in the North East. He has won first prize in several art shows including the Da Vinci Open Art Competition at the New York Coliseum in 1971. Due to corruption in exhibitions during that time period, although he was taking the New York art world by storm, he suddenly became very reclusive not showing his work for several years.
His rendition of the renaissance technique, in religious abstract or landscape, begins with a charcoal drawing base on Belgian linen canvas. Then the entire painting is done in values of brown, from ochre to burnt umber. Next a thin glaze of Venetian red is spread across the piece. Many layers of colored glazes are applied to give the deep color and reality that his paintings are known for.
His style varies due to the image he is trying to portray and the strongest way to convey it to the audience. His religious work uses the intensity of abstract mystical concept in paint to understand the meaning and presence of God and His oneness with the universe. Dan says, “Painting is a unity between man, God and Paint which is magic and mysticism”. His paintings are envisioned and conceived in the Catholic mass, created in reality then expressed in the next stage are the fusion of reality and spirituality. His more realistic works are a more straightforward way to provoke thought and influence the common viewer. Over all his core message is, “Look at the world, and everything that is, through the eyes of Christ.”
“I have been painting for the past 60 years with the purpose of unleashing symbols of my being, and of expressing meaning from my reality, a reality beyond words. The work claws at me internally until it is unleashed; then I am free. The painting then lives as I live, and to be understood must be viewed with more than a casual glance. For a life to be understood, one must bring all of himself to it – The cycle of the work is completed through the empathetic participation of the viewer.” – Dan Krzywicki