About Gary and Suzy Zahradka
Suzy and Gary Zahradka work together on each work of art, each portrait, drawing or painting from concept to completion. They have spent their entire lives working in the visual and performing arts. Their unique talents work together and complement each other to create a synthesis of vision. Everything they know and love is brought together to create each work of art.
Suzy and Gary travel as often as possible, visiting many of the great art museums in the world. Some of their favorite artists include William Bouguereau, Maxfield Parrish, Alphonse Maria Mucha, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Brueghal, John William Waterhouse and Brian and Wendy Froud. It is from these artists that we find much of our inspiration. When creating many of our original works of art we rely on combinations of history, fantasy, myth, and fairytale. We enjoy using an attention to detail, the play of light and color and the elements of balance and design to make something never before seen.
“I really have a need to be close to the art to feel it and touch it, to work it with my hands.”
Gary trained at both the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Atelier Lack School of Fine Art, both in Minneapolis, MN. He also worked extensively in the graphic design field designing book covers and corporate logos before the “age of the computer.”
Gary then started his bronze sculpture and historical weapons company Omega Artworks where for over 20 years he has been making a living at sculptural art.
Suzy attended the University of Minnesota at Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica. Suzy has worked almost all of her life in costume and theater production. Since 1986 she has been a partner with Gary in Omega Artworks.
Park Point Art Fair, Duluth, MN
2006 Best in Drawing
Art in the Park, Clinton, IA
2005 Best of Two-dimensional Art
Iowa Arts Festival, Iowa City, IA
2004 Outstanding Artist
Art on the Rock, Marquette, MI
2004 Best in Drawing
Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, MN
Artisan and Masters in both metals and two-dimensional art.