Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, Illinois; B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design.
Work Phone: +39-055-503131
Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1962 and his Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University in 1964. In 1964, Kraczyna moved to Florence, Italy, where he continues to live and work.
Since 1962, Kraczyna has held close to 150 solo exhibitions across five continents and his work is included in the Uffizi Gallery's permanent collection of prints and drawings (Il Gabinetto di Stampe e Disegni).
In 1967, Kraczyna received the Golden Florin of Florence, the highest honor bestowed upon a resident of the city, for his award-winning photographs of the 1966 flood of Florence.
In 1968, Kraczyna began teaching and setting up printmaking departments in colleges and study abroad programs around Florence, beginning with the Rosary College Graduate School of Fine Arts (Villa Schifanoia) where he would continue to teach until 1983.
From 1973 to 1980 Kraczyna worked closely with Marino Marini as Marini's printmaking technician in Rome. During this time, he refined and perfected his personal technique for multi-plate color etching that he had developed a few years earlier. Since the 1970s, Kraczyna has taught, lectured and given demonstrations on this technique at universities and art schools in the United States, England, Italy, Mexico, Columbia, and former Czechoslovakia. Following the death of Marini in 1980, Kraczyna began dedicating his time more fully to teaching.
In 1982, he co-founded "Il Bisonte" International School of Advanced Printmaking in Florence where for ten years he was artistic director and taught techniques in color etching.
In 1994, he introduced Art on Paper (a course incorporating the three disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking) at Sarah Lawrence College, Florence, where he has taught and directed studio arts ever since.
In 1998, he joined the art faculty of Syracuse University in Florence where he set up the printmaking studio on the SU Florence campus and continues to teach printmaking and intro to drawing courses. From 2008-2012, he was coordinator of the SU Florence studio arts department.
In addition to teaching during the academic year, every summer Kraczyna runs a month-long, intensive workshop on multi-plate color etching in his studio in Barga (Lucca). Kraczyna divides his time year 'round between teaching, painting and printmaking, and exhibiting.
Academic posts as Artist in Residence:
- Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (1988)
- Palaski University, Olomouc, CZ (1992)
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (2007-2008)
- I Segni Incisi, co-authored with Renzo Federicci and Domenico Viggiano for “Il Bisonte” (the first Italian textbook on techniques of etching), 1983
- Labyrinth (pen and ink drawings on the abduction and assasination of Aldo Moro), 1979
- Oneiric Carnival (multi-plate color etchings), 1982
- Dancing the Labyrinth (multi-plate color etchings inspired by the music of Ivor Stravinsky), 1998
- 40 Years of Flight with Icarus (mixed media), 2002
- Swietlan Kraczyna: Un Lavoro di 30 Anni (mixed media: various themes), Comune di Barga, 2003
- The Great Flood of Florence, 1966: A Photographic Essay, 2006
- Arno '66: Fango e Ideali (photographs of the 1966 flood), 2006
- The Marriage of Harlequin (mixed media) 2011
- Amy Luckenbach: Life and Love of Puppets and Dolls; Complete Works (text and photographs), 2012