Irene Czys

I grew up in NYC and moved to Rockland County in 1980. I have enjoyed a 35 year career in Graphic Design, Marketing, Publishing and art. In 1998 I opened the Arts Alive Art School and Studio in the Garnerville Arts Center where I taught Drawing, Watercolor and Acrylic classes and workshops. I went on to have studio/class locations in the Hopper House in Nyack, in Nanuet and in Blauvelt. In 2015, I paused my art and teaching to focus on my interest in photography and video production. I still work in this field.


I am mostly self-taught; however, during my college yeas in NYC, I did study at the Arts Students Leage in NYC and Brooklyn College. I work in Watercolor and Acrylic and I love to explore and create images using a variety of styles and techniques based on the best way to reveal a particular image or concept.


I don't like to be boxed into one particular style. Some of my work is traditional, some impressionist, and some are semi-abstract or abstract. As an artist, I believe art is an adventure, and I am an explorer in that world. Images, ideas and concepts are free-flowing, and I believe I should use my creative and technical art skills to best express each idea or image in its uniqueness.


Over the years, Irene has sold and exhibited at:

Lincoln Center, NYC - IBM Headquarters

Garrison Art Center - Hopper House, Nyack, NY

Barnes and Noble Bookstore

Helen Hayes Hospital

Stony Point Lighthouse

Renaissance Gallery, Blauvelt, NY

Garnerville Arts Center, Garnerville, NY

Arts Alive Art Gallery, Nyack, NY