Mark Dziewior has been painting and drawing from the time he could first hold a pencil or brush. Now an accomplished painter and sculptor, Dziewior continues to hone his craft both in the studio and in the classroom where he teaches undergraduate students drawing, painting, and sculpture with an emphasis on the figure.
Dziewior applies his painting and sculpting skills to his work with both the human figure as well as animals. A Wisconsin native, Dziewior grew up in a rural community where he could readily observe and enjoy wildlife which inspired him to paint and sculpt animals.
Dziewior received his MFA in painting from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in 2008, a BFA in painting in 2005 from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), and an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art from Madison Area Technical College in 1988.
His work has been featured in numerous shows and exhibits throughout the country. He is a commissioned sculptor and painter whose work is featured in public art as well as private collections.
“Having been raised in central Wisconsin among the woods and bluffs, I was afforded ample opportunity to explore, observe, and interact with wildlife nurturing what has become a lifelong fascination with and connection to animals. Some of my favorite childhood memories involved animals of one kind or another. The fawn I bottle-fed at a wildlife rescue, the rabbits I raised, and even the cougar cub I was allowed to hold purring against my chest were spiritual encounters that touched and inspired me. Even the books I read as a young boy were those about animals.
My love for nature and its creatures was paralleled by an innate and almost visceral need to draw and paint. I was fortunate to have parents and an older brother who nurtured my talent and interest from the time I could first hold a pencil and brush. It wasn’t until I was completing my MFA in painting that I began a serious pursuit of sculpting, opening a whole new world for me. I found that I could bring a depth and breadth to my subjects through sculpture that I missed when creating two dimensional art. Whether it’s capturing the motion of a running wolf or the almost human-like expression of a lazy rabbit waking from a nap, my work has evolved to a whole new level through sculpture. Additionally, I can encourage people to touch, hold, and have a tactile experience with sculpture that I couldn’t with my paintings.
Alongside creating art, I have a passion for teaching art. I find it endlessly exciting to foster the talents of college art students and feel it is one way I can help ensure that arts will continue for generations to come. Being an adjunct professor allows me to have the best of both worlds. By helping aspiring artists to master their craft, I have become stronger in my own.”