Mirtes Zwierzynski is a visual artist and muralist whose works can be seen in North and South America as well as in Europe. Actively engaged in arts education activities, Mirtes Zwierzynski creates and implements public art programs focused on urban development and education.
Her personal work is regularly shown in individual as well as group exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions include shows at the Chicago Cultural Center, Renaissance Gallery; the Jornada Cultural Calles y Sueños in Oaxaca, Mexico; the South Shore Cultural Center; the Aldo Castillo Gallery and the Crosman Gallery at the University of Wisconsin. Solo shows of her work that were held over the last years include exhibitions at the Dittmar Gallery of Northwestern University and Elmhurst College.
I was born in Brazil and lived in France for many years. I’ve been living in Chicago since 1981. I have worked with different communities throughout the world, trying to collaborate with them in translating their culture and beliefs into the creation of images that could make a difference in the space they live. These images translated into murals and mosaic installations, are in schools, parks, community centers, or travel in the form of banners to be seen and experienced by other communities in their own local institutions.
I’m also engaged in studio work in order to develop my own personal artistic expression and investigation of the worlds hidden by mass culture and the media with images that will be translated into my drawings and paintings. These are two languages and two expressions, but they bloom from one single root.
Exploring with other people how art could help in making contact with our visionary selves has always been a very enjoyable challenge to me. I enjoy working with children in schools, with community people, with the blind, the disabled, and the homeless in order to explore together with them their cultures and their inner worlds. During my many years working with them on murals, sculptures, installations, and other art projects, I never had to face a dull moment or a standardized routine. In the journey of getting involved facilitating the discovery of new worlds, I always discover something new about myself and I am eager to share it with others.