Marist Art Student Featured in Article
Edward J. Majkowski III, a student at Marist’s Florence branch campus was recently featured in an article highlighting his work towards earning his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art.
Prior to leaving for his second semester in Italy, Majkowski completed his first commissioned oil painting of a local business owner in his hometown.
“[The owner] approached me about a painting that she could hang in her store and I thought it would be a good way to get my name out there," Majkowski said. "I did that painting over winter break. I’d say I put in maybe under 48 hours of work, give or take, not counting the periods in which it had to dry.”
Majkowski said he likes to incorporate a person’s personality into a portrait. “If I’m painting a person, it’s easier if I get to know them first because I’m not creating an image of them, I’m recreating them and my goal is to show them what they really are,” he added.
He said studying in Europe is a natural progression on his path. “I consider Europe as the next step. The way I see it is if I want to be a better painter, I should be taught where the best were taught,” he said. Studying in Florence provides Edward with a tremendous cultural experience, learning where the great Renaissance painters Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael all were taught.
He plans to major in Studio Art and Restoration along with international business. This summer, Edward hopes to be included in an intensive summer experience at the world’s oldest and most prestigious art exposition, The Venice Biennale. Artists chosen from each country will have the opportunity to exhibit their work. This upcoming June, two instructors, as well as rotating visiting faculty, will teach and meet with students five days a week for four weeks. After consulting with a faculty advisor, the students work towards creating a work of art that will culminate in an exhibition that will be an ancillary project of the Biennale.
“I want to walk the streets of the greatest-Botticelli, Donatello, Michelangelo. I want to be where they were inspired to create the unimaginable; I hope to do the same,” Edward said. “I don’t believe that I will ever stop learning; and once I finish in Italy, I plan to go somewhere else. Regardless of what my degree is, I want to be a great painter and that’s all.”
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