Although my paintings initially appear to be simple landscapes, further study shows them to be as abstract as they are representational. It is this combination that inspires me. I believe in the importance of the immediate visual impact of a painting – a recognizable image, a combination of colors, or the overall composition. Yet I also believe that deeper, truer meanings should lie beneath the surface, giving the viewer an opportunity to embark upon a personal voyage of discovery.
Andrzej Skorut was born in 1969 in Krakow, Poland. This thousand-year-old city in Eastern Europe is where Andrzej spent his early years. He began painting at a very early age and by the time he finished elementary school had decided to pursue a career as an artist. Despite fierce competition for places, Andrzej was accepted into the Art High School (Liceum Sztuk Plastycznych). In 1987 he emigrated to the United States, where he continued his art education, receiving an ‘Honors at Entrance’ Scholarship, and in 1995 he graduated from University of Utah with a BA in Fine Arts. Shortly afterwards, he was selected for a three-month internship. This period of intense painting was unquestionably a key factor in determining Andrzej’s future. Inspired and encouraged, he returned to Salt Lake, rented a studio, and began painting full-time.