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Barbara Kobylinska

1236 Southfield Pl.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452, U.S.A.
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Phone: (757) 463-0605
Email: kobart@verizon.net
URL: http://www.kobylinska.com

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BIOGRAPHY

“Barbara Kobylinska approaches her art with both a studied sense of design and an unapologetic trust of intuition. Her artistic training and experience, has afforded her a solid understanding of structural form and language of shape, mass and proportion. Barbara Kobylinska is adventurous and inventive. With humor and a sophisticated, playful intelligence, she invites us to share her delight in the unexpected”.

Bob Donovan, curator at Century Center Artspace, Arlington, VA.

 “Nature has been a dominant factor that has influenced and inspired Barbara Kobylinska’s artwork. She feels and expresses her deep admiration for nature’s wonders: organic, rich forms and abundant colors in her giant flowers and bird sculptures. The passionate color and ebullient form of these works hide their humble origins. Brightly painted and over-the-top patterns of stripes, dots and dashes embellish every surface of these energetic structures from top to bottom.”

Peter Winant, Director of the School of ArtGeorge Mason University.

 She received a Master's degree in Graphic Design and later a Master's in Costume and Stage Design at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, she has been an art teacher; a children’s book illustrator, a poster, puppet and stage designer; and finally a sculptor.  Her large indoor/outdoor sculptures has been exhibited in many prestigious national art shows including SOFA WEST in Santa Fe, Chicago SOFA, US Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, Loveland Sculpture Show in Colorado, ArtPrize in Michigan, as well as, permanently aboard the “Oasis of the Sea” cruise ship, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Courthouse Galleries Portsmouth, Va. and various private collections throughout the country.

 For 15 years, she has worked in her Virginia Beach studio, creating large (4-6 ft.), colorful ceramics birds and flowers that mirror the natural world with an abstract, fanciful twist.  “An exuberant world of plants and animals, courtesy of the fertile imagination and capable hands of Barbara Kobylinska. The pure visual pleasure of these sculptures connects us to the wondrous joy of life itself, and to the creative spirit that elevates the everyday to the extraordinary.”….

 EDUCATION                                                     

1975-1977   Master's Degree, Stage & Costume Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland

1970-1975   Master's Degree, Graphic Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS, COMMISSIONS, COLLECTIONS & PUBLIC ART 

2005-2012

·   Century Center Art Space Arlington, VA

·   Individual Show at The Corporate Office, 1600 Tyson Blvd, McLean, VA

·   Installation of 2 Flower Sculptures City of Green River, Wyoming

·   Installation of “Wild Thing” sculpture at Children’s Museum, Portsmouth, VA

·   Installation of “Leaves” series at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grands Rapids, MI

·   Individual Show at The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, McLean, VA

·   Solo Exhibition “Sculpture 1275” 1275 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC

·   Private Collection of Large Bird Sculptures “Oasis of the Sea” cruise ship

·   Summer Public Art Program, Point Park Garage, Norfolk. VA

·   The Sandler Center for Performing Arts, Town Center in Virginia Beach, VA

·   Individual Sculpture ShowPhoebus Art Gallery, Hampton, VA

·   Courthouse Galleries Collection, Portsmouth, VA

·   Norfolk Botanical Garden Collection, Norfolk, VA

·   Various Private Collections, Virginia

·   Hudson Bay Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA

·   Individual Exhibition, Phillips Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA

·   Individual Exhibition, Artemis Gallery, Richmond, VA

·  Sculpture Exhibition, Cristallo Gallery, Williamsburg, VA          

·   Individual Exhibition, Riverview Gallery, Portsmouth, VA

·   Individual Exhibition, Atrium Gallery, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

·   Individual Exhibition of Flower Sculptures, Town Bank Pavilion Center, Virginia Beach, VA


EXHIBITIONS                                                     

 

2012

 

  ·  Outdoor Sculpture 2012 Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, VA

·  International Ceramic Forum, Polish Center for Sculpture, Oronsko,Poland

 

  • "Visions in Clay" Courthouse Galleries of the Portsmouth Museums, VA

 

   2011

·   “FantascapesRichard Stravitz Sculpture Gallery, Virginia Beach, VA

·   “Assemblage, Collage and Mix Media” Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

·   Ceramic Designers Association Show Neil Britton Art Gallery 051, Va. Beach, VA

·   “2011 Summer Sculpture Show Watergate Gallery, Washington DC

·   “Bird Art Exhibit” 2011 Historic Garden Week, Virginia Beach, VA

·   "The Art of Saving a River" Towne Bank, Virginia Beach, VA

 

2010

·   ArtPrize” Show, Grand Rapids, MI

·   19th Loveland Sculpture Show, Loveland, CO

·   "Outdoor Sculpture 2010," Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA

·   1275 Sculpture Show, 1275 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC

 

   2009

·   16th Sofa Chicago 2009, Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina, Navy Pier, Chicago, Il.

·   Small Works Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA - 2nd Place in Sculpture

·   5th Annual Art and Sculpture Festival, Newport News, VA - Award of Excellence in Sculpture

·   Installation of 3 Flower Sculptures, Town Center, Virginia Beach, VA

·   Sofa West, Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery, Cordoba, Argentina, Santa Fe Convention Center, NM

·   Flora: Growing inspirations, US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

·   Vox Humana: Canvas, Paper and Sculpture Show, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

 

  2008

·   Art Exhibit,  Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA

·   Small Works Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

·   Thrown, Carved, and Fired Show, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA

·   Grovewood Gallery Sculpture Exhibition, Asheville, NC

·   Seven Cities Sculpture Show, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

·   Outdoor Sculpture 2008, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA

 

2007

·   New Gallery Grand Opening, ArtLink LLC,  Virginia Beach, VA

·   “Afterlife: Cross-Cultural Artworks and Altars Celebrating the Spirit Thereafter”

  Invitational Exhibition, Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA

·   “Chroma” Show, Visual Arts Center, Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth, VA

·   Earth, Water & Fire” Ceramic Art Show, Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth, VA

·   Annual Faculty Show, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA