Born in Warsaw, Poland, Modlinski now calls Canada home and makes his living traveling through and painting various endangered natural areas. At the heart of his travels is a quest to discover and depict the inherent balance and truthfulness found in nature. In Poland he attended The School for Artistic Crafts and Design. In Canada he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art in 1993. He has since lived in the wilderness setting of Atlin, B.C., where he taught painting and drawing at the Atlin Centre for the Arts. Modlinski says he enjoys the physical challenge painting in such remote location entails. It’s also an opportunity to visually celebrate a unique ecosystem. For this artist, celebration is really at the heart of his hard work.
Modlinski now lives in Nanaimo, BC, where he paints full-time. His work has earned him numerous awards, including the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Scholarship in 1994 and the David L. Stevenson Scholarship for Proficiency in Drawing & Painting in 1993.