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Sztabnik creates sophisticated oil and mixed media paintings that strike a balance between representing the figure and abstraction. Initially, the works appear serious in nature, but with further inspection the viewer is disarmed by humorous aspects. Her keen sense and usage of unusual color combinations and sensual gestural brushwork depict female relationships, popular culture, personal narratives, and automatic imagery. Initially working from volumes of personal sketchbooks, “artist as witness” images become visual reportage of life experience. Drawing

further upon accumulated emotional data from personal and interpersonal relationships she

then translates this information onto life size canvases.


Working spontaneously and intuitively, Janice encapsulates psychological content within her imagery, into the application of paint itself. Sztabnik works with a variety of materials such as acrylic, oil, denim, charcoal, plastic, building materials and collage, to create complex and layered images with visually intense narrative content. In extracting life’s events and reestablishing

clarity and truth, imposed belief systems, challenges, fears, and external events become newly

formulated visual experiences to personally reflect upon.


Sztabnik is a New York City-based graphic designer who worked at Merrill Lynch, Estee Lauder and leading agencies.  After receiving her BFA in Media Arts from School of Visual Arts and MFA from Long Island University, she established herself as a visual artist based on the north shore of Long Island. She has participated in numerous group and solo shows at the New York Transit Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, Brooklyn, Long Island, Maryland, Illinois, China, as well as residences at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York Studio School. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Newsday, and appeared as a feature on Fios. Her work is held in private collections worldwide and is represented by Saatchiart and Singulart. She has been an art instructor for children through adults in a variety of public and private settings advocating the development of personal sketchbooks, use of two to three dimensional mediums, art history. Currently, similar content can be found on her YouTube channel. She is a member and collaborator in local and international groups; Critique Group of Long Island, Residency Artist Network and Teleportal Gallery.



"The art would stand alone.

Its message

would be judged on its expression of

beauty & truth."