Mirtes Zwierzynski


My work derives from a concern with the public space. I believe that art, in all its forms, belongs to the public space and should not only be confined to specialized institutions. All art is public. As art increasingly becomes a market driven commodity the role of public art is to provide a foundational space where sense and meaning are not separated from daily life.

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.