“Since my childhood, I have had an interest in the imaginary capabilities of art. My fascination was later shaped by formal and rigorous study of sculpture. The work I create brings together the harmony of nature and combines it with my perspective of the world. In my creative process I use intuition and imagination to create aesthetics in sculpture. The goal is to depict positive attitudes and optimism.”

Iwona Łyś-Dobradin is a classically trained sculptor based in Winter Park, Florida and Manchester, New Hampshire. Iwona was born in Gomunice, Poland in 1958. She is an alumna of the Radomsko High School. From 1977 to 1982 she studied at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts (ASP) in Kraków in the atelier of Professor Marian Konieczny. Iwona graduated in 1982 with a specialization in bronze and casting. Her thesis project, “Pantomime,” was awarded a medal of distinction and exhibited together with award winning thesis projects from fine arts academies across Poland. Measuring two meters, “Pantomime” (from the series) launched the opening of the Gallery of One Creater “Dziedziniec” in Kraków. The Ministry of Culture awarded the sculptress a scholarship for next generation young outstanding artists. After graduation, she taught sculpting at the High School of Fine Arts in Wiśnicz. Iwona actively participated in sculpture exhibitions and was admitted to the Association of Polish Artists. In 1987 she immigrated to the United States. Today, Iwona splits her time between Florida and New Hampshire, where she creates sculptural forms in bronze, aluminum, and ceramics. Her work is showcased at many exhibitions. In 2019, her solo show Third Dimension was exhibited in Poland at Radomsko’s House of Culture and Kraków’s Palace of Art. She is a member of three artistic organizations: the Association of Polish Artists and Designers (Związek Polskich Artystów Plastyków), FLAG (The Florida Artists Group), an association of professional Florida-based artists, the Florida Sculptors Guild, whose mission is to promote and educate in the field of sculpture, and NESA (the New England Sculptors Association).

Iwona in Auckland
Iwona at the 2013 International Sculpture Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand.


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