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zeny cieslikowski

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Z E N Y   C I E S L I K O W S K I

F I N E  A R T  P H O T O G R A P H S

Zeny began his Fine Art photography career  photographing France and Spain in 1967.  His professional time was divided between commercial and Fine Art photography until 1984, at which time Fine Art Photography became his sole profession. Unlike most exhibiting photographers, Zeny has personally printed his color prints in a traditional wet darkroom to insure the proper interpretation of his original negative.

Zeny uses a Hasselblad 500C and a Nikon FM2 for the majority of his darkroom-printed exhibited photographs. In most cases Kodak professional negative film is used and the resulting images are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper using a Kreonite roller transport processor and Kodak RA4 chemistry. These original photographs are not digitally enhanced or manipulated in any way.

Beginning in the year 2020, Zeny began working on his Impressionistic Visions Fine Art Collection using digital cameras.

“I do not specifically start out a day searching for a particular subject to photograph in a preconceived way. I believe that it is essential to allow the day to wash around me and to be surprised with the images that present themselves. It is very easy to pass by a great image while looking for something specific”.

Among the private and corporate collectors and more than 40,000 individuals throughout the world who collect color and black & white fine art photographs by Zeny are:

President/Mrs. Ronald Reagan, President & Mrs. Mikhail Gorbachev, Mr. Leonard Firestone, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hope, Mr. & Mrs. Charlton Heston, Mr. Winthrop Rockefeller, Jr., Mrs. Jonas Salk, Mrs. Lopez-Portillo, Mr. & Mrs. Hal Wallis, William K Zewadski and Supreme Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Zeny’s Fine Art photographs are found in the collections of Eisenhower Medical Center, Stanford University Hospital, Xerox Corp, Hughes Aircraft, Coldwell Banker, Kaiser Hospitals, Bellagio Hotel, Pfizer Corp, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, the Leonard and Marjorie Vernon Collection, the DiRosa Collection, Greg Popovich-NBA, Biogen Corp, Joe Torre-MLB, Biogen, Dr Stephen and Mrs Helen Bing, Arnold Beckman, Patty Smyth and Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison LLP.

Zeny has exhibited in numerous public and corporate galleries throughout the United States including: Hewlett-Packard, Kimball Art Center, Palm Springs Museum, Guanajuato Cultural Center, Hunt-Wesson Gallery, Crocker-McKesson/San Francisco, University of Texas-Austin, College of the Desert, Bank of America World Headquarters, Sydney Art Museum and the Field Museum-Chicago.

Zeny was honored when Stanford University presented a portfolio of his original photographs of Stanford University to President & Mrs. Mikhail Gorbachev as the official gift from Stanford University to the President of the Soviet Union.



Award-winning International photographer, Zeny Cieslikowski, has been immersed in photography since the 1960’s while photographing a variety of events and subjects ranging from PGA golf tournaments, US Presidents and Vice Presidents, commercial assignments for IBM, ABC and United Technologies and notable weddings such as President Ford’s daughter, Susan, Hoagy Carmichael, and the Victor Hasselblad family.

Through these events and venues, Zeny has amassed an unprecedented collection of photographs of many of the most important figures in American politics, sports, entertainment and captains of business and industry in the United States spanning two decades from the early 1960’s through the mid 1980’s.

In addition to commercial photography, Zeny has been engaged in and continues his life-long interest and pursuit in the creation of Fine Art Photography. Zeny has built his impressive archive of images, taken principally with his Hasselblad and Nikon cameras and negative film, while travelling throughout the US, Europe and Mexico.

In the course of his Fine Art career, Zeny has built a world-wide collector’s base of more than 40,000 individuals who have purchased his Fine Art Photographs. Since 1984, Zeny has devoted his full time to his Fine Art career. Zeny has won numerous awards while exhibiting in museums and galleries in the US and abroad, while participating in the top art festivals throughout the United States.

Zeny has also served as an officer and member of two prestigious art organizations-the La Quinta Art Festival Foundation and the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation  and established his Gallery Z in the Palm Springs area.

Zeny lives and works in Marin County as he continues creating his Fine Art Photographs. He has recently initiated his unique collection of Impressionistic Visions Fine Art Photographs which he feels are among his best and most unique work.

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2022                Art For Ukraine                                 SCA


2022                Art Weekend Sausalito                    SCA

2016                 Field Museum, Chicago   Permanent Collection

2011                ‘The Classic Nude’,   Nicholson Museum, Sydney Australia

2000                  Di Rosa Collection   Permanent Collection

2000-2002       Artexpo, New York

1993                Uihlein/Peters Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

1992                Cochise College, Mesa, AZ

1991                Tempe Arts Commission, Tempe Public Library, Tempe, AZ

1990                “True Blue”- Galeria Mesa, Mesa, AZ

“Impressions of Corte Madera/Larkspur”- Corte Madera, CA

(Zeny Cieslikowski & James Danis)

1989                “Classic California”- Mesa Gallery, Detroit, MI

1988                “A Day in the Desert”- Gallery Z, Rancho Mirage, CA

1987                “Desert According to Zeny”- Gallery Z, Rancho Mirage, CA

1984                BFL Gallery, New York City

“Openings to the World”- Gallery Z, Rancho Mirage, CA

(Lydia Clark Heston & Zeny Cieslikowski)

“The Land”- Gallery Z, Rancho Mirage, CA

1983                “Europe, Reflections & Reality”- Kimball Art Museum, Park City, UT

(Stan Beckman & Zeny Cieslikowski)

1982                “Ireland”- Ledel Gallery, New York, NY


1981                “Four Photographers”- Gallery Z, Rancho Mirage, CA



Venice, Light and Water

Sex, Lies and RussiagateA Journey Through His First Year


Numerous Photography and Fine Art awards in some of the most highly honored art festivals in the country


Many newspaper articles relating to exhibitions in galleries, museums and art festivals throughout the US



Studied at the University of California, Riverside in Political Science.

Self-taught in Photography


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