Remembering Julian Stanczak – Polish Born Op-art Painter

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Julian Stanczak with Anna VanMatre

Julian Stanczak, the Polish born Op-art painter who, despite physical difficulties, managed to create canvases with vibrant geometries and hypnotic motion, died in his home in Seven Hills, Ohio on March 25. He was 88.

Born on Novemeber 5, 1928 in Borownica, Poland, he contracted encephalitis in a Siberian work camp at a young age, permanently damaging his right arm. Escaping at age 14, with his right arm no longer functioning, the artist learned to paint with his left hand. After World War II, Stanczak traveled to London, before emigrating to Cleveland, OH in 1950. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Art Institute and his MFA from the Yale University School of Art in 1956. Later, the artist taught painting at the Art Academy of Cincinnati between 1957–1964, and at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1964–1995. His students included artists April Gornik and Dana Schutz. The artist died on March 25, 2017 in Seven Hills, OH. His works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. (creditstanczak

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Institute of Art announced plans for a funeral mass Thursday for the late Julian Stanczak, the globally renowned painter and former CIA professor.

You can view here the sample of work by Julian Stanczak.

More information on live of the artist can be found here

Pictures courtesy of Anna VanMatre – Polish born artist living in Cincinnati.