2011 interview of artist Marek Kossiba
Marek Kossiba was born in Poland during the uncertain times of World War II. His natural love and adoration for art was inspired at a very young age by watching his mother, an artist from the United States, paint during his childhood. Marek learned to appreciate the expression of form and to see how the world around him was very different in contrast to the way he envisioned it could be. It was for love and beauty, that Marek decided it was important to share his inspiration with the world, " I felt there was too much aggression and hostility in art and in life".
"As a child, I was an avid modeler of airplanes and ships, I loved to play with them! That is how I learned to appreciate structural line and form." Marek had been an officer in the Polish Navy and previously studied physics at a University in Wroclaw, where he had also discovered a passion for photography. "I spent twenty years sailing around the world, working for varied Polish merchant companies, and I used photography to capture the world around me on my travels."
During his naval career, Marek made a point of visiting galleries and museums around the world to feed his everlasting passion for the artistic mind that was nurtured during his childhood. When he was off duty, he preferred to stay home with his family; expressing his feelings and thoughts of the world, including the experiences he had had during his travels, on canvas.
Music and poetry was often a motivational tool; it allowed Marek to openmindedly formulate a composition of colors and drawing. "My interest and imagery in painting has many influences; the figures of Italian Renaissance artists, color and the illusion of French Impressionism, and the blooming composition of the 20th century abstract art".
In May of 2018, while living in Beloit, Wisconsin; at the age of 77, Marek Kossiba left this world with an unfinished composition on his easel... evidence of his passion for sharing his creations, and the undying love for the poetic song of his brush, creativing an elegance of imagination that flowed through him.
Though, his many varied artworks have been rarely seen by the world at large, Marek's work is deeply moving and known to be highly coveted conversational pieces. Marek's works being presented, have been owned by a private collector for decades, who has now decided to sell a portion of his collection.
The collector, also owner of the Share Fine Art Gallery in Fond du lac Wisonsin, feel's that by letting go of some of Mareks' work... he will be able to honor the artist and give others the opportunity to see the remarkable talents and renowned imagination of a man who lived such an adventurous life and only wished to share it with the world around him.