Stanislaus J. Sowinski
Stanislaus J. Sowinski, known as "Stan" to friends and family, was born in Milwaukee WI on May 7, 1927, and died at his home in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego County, on January 8, 2010 at the age of 82. Stan was an accomplished painter, iconographer, illustrator and teacher.
Stan Sowinski studied art in Milwaukee before joining the Navy in 1945 and painted during his entire 26-year military career, including four sea commands, and a 21-ship squadron during the Vietnam war. During that time he had one-man shows in Washington D.C., the United Kingdom, Japan, and the Philippines. Stan retired from the Navy in 1971, and painted, taught art courses, exhibited and completed many special commissions for churches and public buildings in the San Diego area.
Stan had his early art training in high school where he studied with the former President of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Edward Boerner. After WWII, he studied with California impressionist Alfred Mitchell. Upon discharge from the Navy he enrolled in the San Diego School of Art, and then transferred to San Diego State University, where he graduated with a BA in Arts Education.
As his artistic ability matured, Stan became an authority and master of the Byzantine-style icon. He completed many special religious theme commissions and placed major icons in Orthodox and Catholic churches throughout the San Diego area. His large-scale oil paintings grace the walls of a university, corporate headquarters, restaurants, city halls, and many public buildings. His most recent installations include a 6' X 18' oil diptych for the University of California, San Diego, and the complete interior altar design, and five very large oil paintings in traditional style, for Saint Mary's Church in Escondido, California. In 2006 Stan was commissioned to do a special painting related to his Polish heritage, a historical reenactment of "Pulaski and the Battle of Savannah," for the Polish Cultural Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin, where it resides in the center's permanent display for the public to view and enjoy.
Stanislaus Sowinski is listed in AskArt, and Davenport’s Guide, and is included in the International Who's Who, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in American Art, and Falk's Who Was Who in American Art.