Sean M. Witucki (American, 1977-) obtained his BS and MS in Visual Art Education from the State University of NY at Buffalo State. Witucki is primarily a self-taught artist, who is always focused on developing his skills in the techniques of the traditional masters with a strong interest in the Hudson River School and Dutch Still Life painters. Like these traditions Witucki chooses to focus on painting directly from life or from studies that have been created this way. He has been a drawing and painting instructor at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts since 2002.
Witucki reveals a personal and contemporary expression of landscape and still life works which pay homage to his formative years. He spent much of his boyhood roaming the fields and woods on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in Monson, Massachusetts. This is where his understanding of the natural world took its roots. This influence plays a major role in the subjects of his work.
Having moved in his teens, Sean has made his home in Western New York with his wife and two children.
From the beginning as a small boy, I have been immersed in nature. It is who I am as a person and as a painter. All of Gods creations lend infinite amounts of subject and inspiration to work from. I have found traditional techniques best suit what I strive for visually. It is what your soul feels when looking at a painting that matters to me. The emotional response it creates.
The two ways I have chosen to express the beauty I see is in landscape and still life painting. This direction allows me to show both Gods and man’s touch on the world around us. The “Light” that both shed. Within the landscape I strive to show majesty, intimacy, truth and strength of Gods creations. In still life I choose subjects that create personal narratives with natural, historical and common place objects that can also resonate with many people. It is a wonderful connection that I feel I am able to make with the viewer.
I have never personally considered myself an artist. Just a man trying to see and share the beauty that surrounds us all.
2014- El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, The Common Core Between Us, Buffalo, NY. 79th Annual Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Exhibition, Cooperstown, NY. Main Street Arts, 1st Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition, Clifton Springs, NY.
2015- Main Street Arts, "2nd Annual Small Works Juried Exhibition", Clifton Springs, NY. NYSATA Region 1, Daemen College, Buffalo, NY. Las Laguna Gallery, Landscapes, Seascapes, Skyscapes, Laguna Beach, CA. Buffalo Society of Artists, 119th Annual Juried Spring Exhibition, North Tonawanda, NY. Western New York Artist Group, 19th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Buffalo, NY. Prince Street Gallery, 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY.
2016- Jun 18 - Jul 29, exhibited, group show, "Celebrating 125 Years- Thumb Box Exhibit", Buffalo Society of Artists, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY. Art Dialogue, "Trilogies, The Work of Three Artists", Artists Group Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Frederic Remington Museum, Ogdensburg, NY. “Setting The Table”, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY.
2017-Apr. 28-May 27, exhibit, two-person show, "John Brach and Sean Witucki: Kindred Spirits", Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY.
Awards: Hudson River Fellowship, Grand Central Atelier, 2016; NYSATA Region 1, Best In Show; Western New York Artist Group, 19th Annual, Best In Show and 2nd Place at the 20th Annual; El Museo Francisco Oller Diego Rivera, Honorable Mention.
Memberships & Affiliations: Oil Painters of America, Associate Exhibiting Member; Western New York Artist Group, Buffalo, NY; Buffalo Society of Artists, Juried Exhibiting Member, Buffalo, NY; and the Fine Arts League of Buffalo, Juried Member.
Artist Website: seanwitucki.com
(Source: Biographical information supplied by the artist.)