Szczesny spent 2001-2002 in Seville as an artist in residence in a studio located on top of a museum. The encounter with this extraordinary Andalusian city was love at first sight. He was taken, in particular, with the Flamenco culture he encountered there, the coming together of absolute stylisation and precision, on one hand, and profuse passion and vitality, on the other. Inspired by these surroundings, Szczesny spent a highly productive year in Seville and one that has lastingly influenced his art.
His ties to Spain remain strong. In 1998 Szczesny developed a comprehensive artistic design for the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona near Marbella. Szczesny’s art at the hotel is alive and well. The hotel has turned into something of a special kind of Szczesny museum.
Szczesny painting in Seville.
Flamenco dancer in front of Szczesny paintings.
At the Szczesny exhibition in Seville, with Pierce Brosnan and film director Curt Faudon.
Szczesny, "La Tabernera", acrylic on canvas, 2002, H 130 x W 161 cm.
In Seville, 2001.
Szczesny, painted capote, framed, 2002.
Szczesny in Seville, 2001.
Szczesny at work in Seville, 2002.