Larry Zywica is a Naples-based contemporary artist who creates artwork in series. He categories his work into two distinct types. The first type he refers to as Experimental Work. It is fun and free form. The second type is more structured and focuses on social issue.
FLOWMOTION is his recent series of experimental work. The environmentally friendly kinetic work is constructed from recycle materials. Each piece involves a combination of shapes suspended from the ceiling or a pool cage. The shapes move independently or in unison and are playful interpretations of animals in the sky and water. A solo exhibition of FLOWMOTION artwork was held in New York at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in September of this year.
In his other works Zywica takes a more serious look at the world and addresses wide-ranging social issues including homelessness, war, abortion, hunger, alcohol abuse and tobacco use. Before creating his series on homelessness, Zywica chose to educate himself on the subject by leaving his own home for several days and nights to join homeless men and women on the streets of Chicago.
Zywica earned a Master of Arts Degree in Invention and Creativity from Governors State University in Park Forest South, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Teaching art and creativity has been a lifelong endeavor for him. In 1974 he taught art and chaired the art department of a Chicago high school. A year later he started teaching art to adults at Moraine Valley Community College before going on to teach at the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago, Chesterton Art Center in Indiana and then for Naples Art from 2000 to 2007.
“Throughout my artistic career I have been driven by the excitement of experimentation and a need to highlight social conditions. From my earliest endeavors I found that picking a specific subject, using a new media and or material and working in a massive series was how I could achieve the best results.”