Sylvia Trybek: Figures on Park Bench

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Video Length: 4 Hours, 30 Minutes


Sylvia Trybek is an award-winning artist specializing in representational painting including still lifes, landscapes, and figurative works. Working alla prima from life is her preferred way of working. Strong composition, lively colors, and emphasis on solid drawing form a foundation of her painting, teaching style and philosophy.

This program shows you how you can take photographs that you may have collected over the years and use them to provide interesting compositions to paint in the studio.



Trybek's international background has played an essential role in the development of her skills and in the evolution of her style. She grew up in Poland , received her formal art education in the U.S. , and has traveled extensively in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia . She lived and worked in France , Germany , England , and Thailand .

Her early teachers, including professor Maciejewski of Gdansk, allowed her to develop strong drawing and composition skills. In the spirit of Renaissance, Trybek prepared herself for the career in arts by studying human anatomy at the Medical Academy in Gdansk - now she can see and analyze her models truly "inside-out". Trybek received Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Houston, Texas.

Before entirely dedicating herself to painting and teaching Trybek worked as a theatrical costume designer. She left her distinctive imprint on many opera and theater productions in the Houston area.

Today, the artist lives and works in Houston , Texas . She shows her paintings nationwide and is a sought after portrait artist. Her paintings have been exhibited at many national and regional art competitions earning top honors, including numerous best of show awards. She teaches portrait and still life painting in Houston, and frequently conducts workshops and demonstrations.

As a teacher, she is exceptional, and we believe that this video will be one of your favorites in your art library.

-Ralph Liliedahl

Working mostly from live models and subjects, I paint the essence of what I feel and see. I am blessed by the endless inspiration resulting from my life of an international traveler. My paintings reflect vivid memories of distant and exotic places with people of different cultures and traditions. I strive to present to a viewer the enchanted moments and the ambiance of places I visited or dreamed of. In my paintings one can find people in their national costumes, outdoor scenes, and simple objects unchanged by the advance of technology and by the passage of time.

My style of work could be defined as impressionistic - inspired by light bouncing off what I see and woven tightly with the mood that I experience. Using loose but precise brushstrokes I ignore superficial details and paint the essence of the scene, the beauty and the character of models, and the charm of a still life.

-Sylvia Trybek


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