John Malec is a representational painter capturing scenes and light from places he loves. He is an artist member of the Palette & Chisel Academy (PNC) in Chicago and the Sonoran Plein Air Painters in Tucson. Art appreciation grew as a patron of museums from a young age; and, later, as a collector enabled by entrepreneurial IT success in his 30’s.
Painting since 1978, he studied art and experimented with materials and technique across almost daily sessions at the Palette and Chisel. Workshops with Mark Boedges, Andrew Tischler, Clayton Beck III and Lenin Delsol helped refine his paintings; as has painting alongside Mary Qian.
Moving to Tucson in 2019, painting is now a daily obsession averaging a painting a week ranging from landscapes to portraits/figurative to still life. Two of his recent works earned Fav 15 in juried Bold Brush competitions with hundreds of professional painters submitting. His work has been influenced by the artists with whom he studies; and the works in his personal collection including Mihanovic, Aguilar, Simbari, Gregory Hull and Matt Smith. His work has been juried in to multiple plein air and Palette and Chisel shows as well as the 2020 Mountain Oyster Club Western Art Show. His work at Palette and Chisel group shows sold out. Locally he is carried by Art House Centro gallery in Tucson.