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.
From January-Februay, 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
the 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, 24 of Rybicki’s paintings were featured 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
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,
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
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."