Lawrence Chvotzkin is a painter working in watercolor, ink and pencil for almost a half-century. His education consists of a BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Pratt Institute in 1964, and an MFA in Painting at Temple University in 1966. Lawrence was born and raised in Pennsylvania and then migrated south to Florida for the early part of his career. Inspirations for his work are the lush, organic colors of Alphonse Mucha and the translucent, intricate designs of Louis Tiffany. Culturally his work is influenced by the circular symbolism of Eastern Europe, the earthen tapestries of the Middle East, and the bright ornamental styles of Asia. Lawrence moved to New Mexico in the mid 1990ís and enjoys experimenting with Southwestern and Native American themes.
Although heís painted a variety of subjects over the years, the visual richness of Chvotzkinís work is more prominent than any single representational image. Subject matter is secondary and serves only as a framework and a vehicle for his ever evolving, complex patterns. Each stroke is an exercise in mindfulness and precision. The shapes, colors, and overall design that emerge celebrate his love for detail, symmetry, and technical excellence. The finished art piece is a sophisticated, Mandala-like journey for the viewer.
Lawrence Chvotzkin has worked with designers, corporations and galleries throughout the country since 1967. His art has been widely exhibited and acquired for major collections. His studio is currently located in Albuquerque, N.M. where he continues to produce large watercolor paintings and pencil drawings. He welcomes new opportunities to exhibit and commission his work.