Barbara and Julian Stanczak

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The Bonfoey Gallery is happy to host Barbara and Julian Stanczak in its latest show, Harmonic Duality, which opens June 23, 2018 from 4:00pm-7:00pm.

Barbara and Julian’s art will be on display
June 23 – July 28, 2018.

Julian Stanczak is regarded as one of the most important “Op” artists of the modern era. His use of geometry and color to create movement across the canvas produced works that stand at the forefront of the Op Art movement. Julian’s first exhibition in New York City in the early 1960s, “Julian Stanczak – Optical Paintings” is credited with titling the movement. Making the works more incredible is that they were created using his left arm, as he lost the use of his right arm while in a concentration camp as a child during World War II. Though born in Poland in 1928, he made Cleveland his home until his passing in 2017. Our exhibition focuses solely on paintings created throughout his career.

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Spectral Blue by Julian Stanczak

Julian received his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1954 and his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1956. He then became an educator of the arts and taught for thirty years. Since the 1940’s, Julian has shown his work in exhibitions around the world. His work named the Op Art movement thanks to Julian’s first New York exhibition titled “Julian Stanczak—Optical Paintings.” In 1966, he was named, “New Talent, USA” by Art in America magazine. Julian Stanczak passed away on March 25, 2017.


The art of Julian Stanczak is a focus on light and form. Through geometric shapes and contrasting colors, Julian creates illusions that mesmerize and astound the viewer. Such works study variations of color and the transforming aspect of how different shades affects the conception of the image. His work is inspired by his experiences and the beauty in nature which aims to examine the perceptions of the world.


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In Rhythm by Barbara Stanczak

Barbara Stanczak creates fascinating wood and stone sculptures that examine nature as well as her thoughts and imaginings. Born in Hamm, Germany, Barbara came to the United States in 1960 on a student visa. She then acquired her certificate in painting, printmaking, sculpture and graphic design from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, her B.F.A. in German Literature and Art Education from Case Western Reserve University, and her M.F.A. in Art Education and Art History from both Case and the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has worked as an art educator for thirty-six years and now primarily creates her sculptures.


Barbara’s art focuses on sharing her experienced perceptions with the shapes she creates. Sweeping lines and soft structures form detailed sculptures of beauty and elegance. She uses negative space to bring in light and open up what the wood or stone might be hiding. This deep examination of nature develops new appreciation and understanding for our surroundings.

Barbara and Julian Stanczak married in 1963 and had two children. Their lives focused on education and their own personal journeys through art as a form of communication and understanding. Together the exhibition of the Stanczaks creates a commentary about the world around us in color, light, and form.

For more information, visit the Bonfoey Gallery website or call (216) 621-0178

Watch below the artist talk in 2015 from Julian and Barbara Stanczak at The Bonfoey Gallery:

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