DENVER — He’s behind nearly 7,000 pieces of art. He has works displayed in museums and galleries around the world. He could have chosen to live anywhere. He chose Denver.
“The greatest studio I’ve ever had,” artist Witold-K said, speaking about his Denver home he converted to a studio, gallery, and workspace.
Born Witold Kaczanowski in Poland, he began painting professionally at age 18. He narrowly escaped Poland when it was occupied by the Soviet Union in the 1960s, going on to live in Paris, New York, Beverly Hills, Santa Fe, and more, before settling in Denver.
“I created in Denver around probably 2,000 paintings,” he said.
Witold became the first American ever to have works displayed at Sotheby’s in Amsterdam, painted the 4,000-foot ceiling of the cultural center at Auschwitz, and even has a portrait of himself done be Pablo Picasso. He spent four decades working in Cherry Creek. Now 87, he made a decision.
“Well, I decided after 40 years to sell my home and move out,” he said.
Denver7 caught up with Witold and his son Wit as they were packing up paintings. Despite being world-renowned for his craft, he expressed a very relatable thought.
“I have a feeling of optimism but also sadness. You know, it’s very difficult not to be sad leaving a place like that,” he said.
Witold plans on moving back to Poland, but to continue painting. He had a parting thought for the city he chose to live in for 40 years of his life.
“To the end of my life I will love this city,” he said.
A documentary is currently underway about his life and career. For more information on Witold or to browse his works, head to http://www.witoldk.com.