Swietlan N. Kraczyna was born in Poland in 1940, spent six years in a German refugee camp before he and his family arrived in New Haven, CT in 1951. Swietlan received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1962 and a MFA from Southern Illinois University in 1964. Kraczyna has taught in the U.S., Italy, England and The Czech Republic. In 1983 he became a founder of "Il Bisonte" International School of Advanced Printmaking in Florence, Italy, where he still lives. Swietlan Kraczyna is a master of multi-plate color etching. Living and working in the 13th century home of Domenico Ghirlandaio (Michelangelo's teacher and mentor), his art is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Italian Renaissance. Kraczyna returns again and again to ancient themes, especially those inspired by theater, music, dance and the surrounding Tuscan landscape.