My name is Stephen Alexander Rybacki. I was raised in Rancho Cucamonga CA, and currently reside in La Verne CA.
In the spring of 2009 I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at California Polytechnic University Pomona. My goal was to further gain knowledge of media and technical hand skills in painting, drawing, and sculpting. Out of school my focus with my art was to expand my techniques, materials, illustration skills, as well as meet new people in the art community.
While moving through my body of work over the last few years, I have found that my strongest asset is texture and media on the surface of my work. I began to develop a love for new material, sheet metal. I spent years experimenting and trying to control rust/oxidation on the surface of the metal, as well as incorporate the rust into compositions on different surfaces.
Lately have I begun to focus more on the delicate texture and colors of rusted objects, and how to isolate the beauty of the natural oxidation process. A rusty metal grate or wire that has been outside for months often goes unnoticed, I find myself spotting these elements in my life daily. Its recently become clear to me I have developed a profound interest in the natural oxidation of metal, as well as the connection between it and other surfaces. As a mentor of mine recently stated, I am beginning to find my voice.
Education: BFA- California Polytechnic University, Pomona. 2009
Art Mentor: Fr. Bill Moore (FrBillMoore.com)
February 2020- Sasse Museum of Contemporary Art- Group Show "Soul Stories"
November 2019- Sanctuary Coffee Art Space- Solo exhibition “Stephen A Rybacki”
August 2019- Progress Gallery- “Under the Influence”
Contact/Curator- George Cuttress
2018- Sanctuary Coffee Art Space- Solo exhibition “Stephen A Rybacki”
2017- Las Laguna Gallery- Group exhibition, “Small Works, Big Talent”
Laguna Beach CA
2017- Avant Garden Gallery, Featured Artist- Group exhibition
Santa Ana CA
2013- Independently hosted and funded by private collector- Solo exhibition
“Everything is Classic”, Pomona CA
2012- Gates Family Exchange Antique Consignment and Art, “Antique”
Fine antique sales and gallery space, Chino CA
2011 to Present- Annually participated group exhibition, “Celebration of the Arts”
Church of the Brethren, La Verne CA