Auto portrait: This is Me

Auto portrait: This is Me

Anna Rykaczewska was born in Warsaw, the capital of Poland and moved with her family to Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1997. Mrs. Rykaczewska graduated from the highly reputable School of Fine Arts in Warsaw with distinctions, and went on to study history of art at the University of Warsaw. Her Master thesis focused on Gothic church architecture in Poland.  For seven years, she worked as an art expert, designer, and evaluator for Ars Christiana, a company specializing in unique religious art.

After her marriage, Mrs. Rykaczewska and her family extensively traveled Europe, residing in several European countries for extended periods. This allowed her to study the works of the old masters, building her art techniques and knowledge. Mrs. Rykaczewska also organized art exhibitions both in Poland and in Germany during her early career. Currently, Mrs. Rykaczewska is an active painter specializing in portraits, still life, landscapes, and graphic art. She promotes art in support of her community, and often partners with local organizations to enrich their events.

In 2001, Mrs. Rykaczewska was nominated for YWCA’s “Women of Distinction” award for her volunteer art work. In 2003, Mrs. Rykaczewska’s lifelike portraits of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and of Maestro Serge Fournier attracted audiences during the intermissions of concerts by the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Oak Ridge Chorus. One of her paintings was presented to His Excellency US Ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe by the local Polish-American Community in 2004. In October 2006, Anna was requested by the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association to design a poster for a concert and paint a portrait of internationally renowned double bassist, artist Edgar Meyer. In November 2006 and February through March 2014, she had individual exhibitions at Peter’s Jeweler Saloon in Oak Ridge. In March 2014, Visions Magazine featured Mrs. Rykaczewska as the “Artist of the Month”, and included an extensive article in the issue. Her most recent exhibitions include “Look to See”, a series of abstract oils, in June 2014 at The Emporium Gallery and an exhibition of Polish art in September 2016. Also in 2016, three of Mrs. Rykaczewska’s paintings were selected to decorate the office of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. On September 25, 2016, Mrs. Rykaczewska’s work accompanied the University of Tennessee’s Ready for the World Music Series focused on Poland.

In addition, Mrs. Rykaczewska volunteers designing costumes and stage for the Polish community theatre.  She also always donates part of the proceeds from her work to charities.