|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1941|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 2004|
Of Polish descent, Peter was raised in Bridgeport, where his youthful interest in art began. As a teenager working as a mail clerk, he was able to display his paintings in the mail room and a local newspaper wrote a story about it.
Pete moved to New York City.
In the 1960's, the antiwar movement was important to Pete and he attended a protest rally held at a Joan Baez concert. He was among the few who went on stage and burned his draft card. He later quipped that he felt it was one of the most important days he ever spent, though that demonstration came after he served in the Army. At the end of his service in the 1960's, Pete went to Europe (with $10,000 stipend) to explore its art and culture.
Returning to New York from Europe, he attended the Art Students League, taking courses, among others, in graphic design.
From 1971 until his death, he lived in Baltimore and primarily settled in Waverly, an historic family neighborhood. Pete studied art at the Community College of Baltimore and at Morgan State University.
In the late 1970's, he joined an art collective and co-op studio on the top floor of an historic building mid-town on Charles Street, exhibiting his work at in-house exhibitions and at other neighborhood galleries. Peter also exhibited in a group show at WomanArt Gallery in New York City. In 1981, he participated in the revived "Salon de Refuse" exhibition, a protest show for all artists not selected for the Maryland Biennual held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. That "Salon" proved more important than the Maryland Show and received more public attention.
Between 1993-1999, he owned an art gallery known as "SubZero" on 31st Street in Waverly, which garnered him notice in the Sunpapers. Pete is credited for illustrating the cover for the book "Texas In the Morning" in 1994. And in 1999, his paintings were featured in the movie "Girl Interrupted." His work and gallery were spotlighted in local magazine reviews and he was part of an art group photographed for an article published in "Baltimore Magazine" in 2002.
Peter's art was prolific, and his imagination and resourcefullness allowed his use of everyday objects as his canvas. He worked in oils and other media, including assemblage and photography. And he loved painting "en plein air' as well as in his studio. A favorite spot to paint was Stoney Run, a large stream with big rocks located behind The Johns Hopkins University. Along with other concerned citizens, he monitored its pollution, and loving its seclusion, painted a large body of work at that site.
Peter was a creatively unique individual and always enjoyed being himself. His labors included house painting and as a visiting nurse to home-bound invalids. He loved people and animals, and was extremely well-read. Politics and other hot topics were always open to discussion. Pete would move his living quarters to various locations, but never left the Waverly community. He cultivated many friends there.
The remaining body of his art work is owned by his children, his brother, and friends. A portrait of him by Leonard Marion Bahr (see signed portrait), remains in the Bahr collection.
Peter was cremated, and a memorial was held in his honor at St. John's United Methodist Church. At Pete's request, his ashes are being scattered around the world, and some are already in Japan, Korea, and in parts of Europe.
Pete was the father of two children, son, Peter A. Zawadzki of Arlington, VA and daughter, Sonya Bleakly, of Baltimore, MD, and a brother to Richard Zawadzki, of Bridgeport, CT.
For more info on Peter's life and art see: "cooldaddio.net" and "wikipedia.org"
Specifically: ashes scattered around the world
Created by: msb
Record added: Jul 29, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11446102
Just discovered this site, Pedro. Will always remember our shared house experience in Charles Village as a wonderful time. Cigarette hanging out of the corner of your mouth and a paintbrush in your hand.|
Joseph D Harding III
Added: Apr. 21, 2012
Peter, thank you for all the laughter and all you brought to my life when I really needed it. There will be music, art and laughter when I think of you. Thanks for the story about Joan Baez and the burning of the draft card. You are one of the jewels o...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 29, 2008
Happy Birthday Pete.|
Added: Jul. 17, 2007
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