In Memoriam

Marion Kryczka
June 15, 1948 – July 30, 2022

Please share your memories of Marion on – you’ll need to login and then go to his memorial page. Thank you for helping us commemorate a rich life. For those interested in making donations in Marion’s memory, here are two options which were meaningful to him:

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Walter Massey Scholarship: Supports graduates of Chicago Public High Schools to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the “Please Direct my Gift to” section, please choose “other” and type in “Walter Massey Scholarship.”

The Japanese American Service Committee:  This neighborhood organization in Chicago provided a warm and welcoming community of care for Marion. In the memo section, please type in “Adult Day Services”. 


Marion Kryczka is known for his lush, provocative figurative work and still-lifes that are both erudite and painterly.

Marion Kryczka consciously manipulates a seeming realism in the service of transcendent perception. – Perhaps one of the reasons that these techniques contribute so much to the quiet power of expression in the works is that they arise so naturally and unobtrusively. The artist throughout his life experience has assimilated the past of art and human histories and, with an impressive talent and lively technique, allows instinct to mould his expression. Kryczka, at the opening of the exhibition, preferred to pass over a point by point explanation of specific paintings, and, when questioned by one of the gallery-goers, gave one of the most intelligent responses any creative artist can give: ‘I see a painting — who cares what it means — I like it.

– G. Jurek Polanski, review of 1999 exhibition at the Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago.


Selected drawing from Marion’s later working years.

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