Lynn Rybicki was born in Oak Park, IL, just outside Chicago. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in
Baltimore, MD, from 1974-1981, earning a Concentration in Painting. In 2001, Rybicki earned a B.S. in Music Education
from Towson University, Towson, MD. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the region and beyond.
In 2017 Lynn's painting Psalm was featured in Strokes of Genius, a national juried group show, MD Federation of Art,
Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD, Juried by Susan Behrends Frank, Ph.D, Curator, The Phillips Collection, Washington,
DC. Her work was also featured CREATE! MAGAZINE, February 2017, in a 4-page print layout, selected by Bridgette
Mayer Johnson, Owner, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.
From January-February, 2015, Lynn's work was featured in the 7th Annual National Juried Exhibition at Prince Street
Gallery in Chelsea, NY. For that show, esteemed artist and arts writer, Robert Berlind, selected her, and 64 other artists'
work from over 700 submissions.
In 2014 Lynn's work appeared in juried and invitational shows at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, the
University of MD at College Park, and BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. Her work was also curated
into a featured collection of works online with Saatchi Gallery in the UK.
In 2012, Rybicki exhibited 24 paintings in a solo show, LYNN RYBICKI: COSMIC MANIFESTO in the Rosenberg Gallery
at Goucher College in Towson, MD. The college produced a catalogue for the show containing 14 images. From May-
June 2012, two of her paintings were included in the 84th Annual International Juried Exhibition at the Art Association of
Harrisburg, in Harrisburg, PA. For that show, her work was selected by Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of
Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Two of Lynn’s paintings were also select by Trevor Richardson,
Director of the Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for Volume 17 of the Spring 2012 Studio Visit
Magazine, a full-color publication distributed to over 2,000 major art galleries, museums, curators, and collectors
throughout the United States.
Lynn’s work is included in the permanent collection of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Adelphi,
MD and in numerous private collections. From June 2010-June 2011 her work was featured at the UMUC Inn and
Conference Center, in Twelve Paintings, curated by Robert Donovan. From August through October 2010, 36 of Lynn’s
paintings were installed on three floors of the U.S. District Courthouse in Greenbelt, MD, in a two-person show at this
UMUC satellite exhibit space. In October-November, 2010, Lynn’s work appeared in the 30th Anniversary Faber Birren
National Color Award Show, at the Stamford Art Association in Stamford, CT. For that show, her work was selected by
Samantha Rippner, Associate Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
To the farthest reaches of the cosmos, light lives, life breathes, souls soar, and colors roar. From this dance, an ocean
of feeling springs. In my work, I seek to express these unspeakable things. And always, to uplift.
ABOUT MY WORK
I paint to communicate the exuberance and joy of being alive in this space-time continuum. I paint to uplift people, and to
persuade them to consider the depth of what lies beneath the surface of life. Often, I use bright, clear colors in my work.
Much as they did for renowned artist, Kandinsky, these colors remind me of the beautiful stained glass windows found in
the churches of my childhood, and of the brightly colored Christmas tree lights. For me, joyful colors awaken the spirit
and lead it on the path to the aesthetic experience of bliss. In order to communicate the more cosmic side of life, I
choose to paint abstractly. That way, the visual assemblage of forms on the canvas cannot be easily pigeonholed as the
objects and narratives of everyday life.
My visual language includes abstracted landscapes and natural forms. For me, the landscape is the holy sanctuary of
the earth. It is wild, and free, and elemental, much like the nature of man. My paintings begin with washes of thinned-out
acrylic paint applied to the canvas in broad strokes of several colors that fade and bleed into one another and may drip
down the canvas. As the washes dry, things in the shapes and tones reveal themselves to me, suggesting possible
directions for the piece. From that point on, the process becomes a dialogue between me and the painting, with the
painting telling me what it wants me to do next.
The drips that have become more and more a part of my paintings sometimes serve as water and landscape elements
and sometimes serve as veils and mists, behind which the unknown is taking place.
For me, painting is a passionate, physical, gestural dance, culminating in a visual idea designed to engage the emotions
of the viewer.
I will leave you with a quote that is attributed to Buddha: “Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your
heart, to give yourself to it.”