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The Artist's Background

Sylwia was born and raised on a rustic farm in the mountains of southern Poland. Growing up, her toys consisted of rocks, sticks, some household goods and a set of crayons. The minimalistic and often harsh environment that she grew up with, coupled with the natural beauty that surrounded her, led to a very creative imagination and awakened Sylwia's artistic spirit. Sylwia's artistic dreams were not realized until she immigrated to the U.S. in 2000. It was there that she began painting children's furniture and other everyday objects for friends, and then in 2004, started her formal, Classical art education at the Colorado Academy of Art in Boulder, Colorado.

In addition to the talented Instructors at CAA, Sylwia has had the honor to study with well-known artists such as Ron Hicks, Robert Liberace, Hung Nian Zhang and David Leffel. Sylwia achieved national (U.S.) recognition in 2009, when she was given a prestigious Exceptional Merit Award at the Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition in Washingon, D.C. Sylwia’s on-going immersion in the knowledge, skill and elegance of the old master's works, continuously inspires her to pursue a variety of techniques.  Some of her more prominent influences are John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Ilia Repin, Ivan Kramskoy and Rodin.