Bio & Awards

Andy Saczynski family
Andy, his wife Lori, and their children: Taylor, Nathan, Noah, Jonah, and Josiah (May 2013, photo by Amanda Suanne)

Andy Saczynski is a mixed media artist specializing in assemblage art. He primarily works with acrylic, found objects, recycled musical instruments, reclaimed wood, metal, and copper. He doesn’t go looking for these items, but somehow they always find him. His parents have been collecting antiques his entire life and because of this creative influence, Andy has been developing ideas for years. He also finds his artistic inspiration through music and in Florida’s landscape and wildlife.

When Andy first started using reclaimed, repurposed, and recycled materials, it was out of necessity. He was trying to reduce his cost, since canvas and paint can be expensive. However, as he developed his technique, Andy discovered parallels between his work and people. Most of us go through seasons of growth, trying to discover who we are and life’s meaning. Through his work, Andy illustrates that things and people have something in common. Hope can be found in new paths and second chances.

Andy and his wife have called Florida’s Emerald Coast home since childhood. They married in 1999, and have five children. In his free time, Andy enjoys surfing, skateboarding, and collecting junk.

artist Andy Saczynski

Top Finalist – 2015
Perfect in South Walton

Award for the Creative Arts – November 2014
36th Annual Peter Anderson Festival (Ocean Springs, MS)

Best Local Artist – October 2014
Emerald Coast Magazine Best of the Emerald Coast Readers Choice Poll

Poster Design Winner – October 2013
18th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts (Destin, FL)

Best Local Artist – October 2013
Emerald Coast Magazine Best of the Emerald Coast Readers Choice Poll

People’s Choice Award – May 2013
25th Annual ArtsQuest (WaterColor, FL)

Award of Merit – May 2013
25th Annual ArtsQuest (WaterColor, FL)

2013 Artist of the Year – October 2012
Visit South Walton

Best Local Artist – October 2012
Emerald Coast Magazine Best of the Emerald Coast Readers Choice Poll

Judge’s Recognition Award – October 2011
16th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts (Destin, FL)

Award of Merit – May 2011
23rd Annual ArtsQuest (Seaside, FL)

People’s Choice Award – October 2010
15th Annual Destin Festival of the Arts (Destin, FL)

Memberships & Affiliations:
South Walton Artist of the Year | Grayton Artist Collective | Artists of 30A

Videos:
Andy Saczynski (by Modus Films)
#EPICFolkArt: Behind the Scenes (by Immaculate Baking)
#EPICFolkArt: Time-Lapse (by Immaculate Baking)
Andy Saczynski – South Walton Artist of the Year (by Visit South Walton)
Andy Saczynski Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, Florida (by SoWal)
The Art of South Walton, Florida (by Visit South Walton)
South Walton: A Perfect Place to Shop (by Visit South Walton, skip to 0:24)
Follow Me to South Walton (by Visit South Walton, skip to 0:53)
2013 Moss Rock Festival (by Real World Productions, skip to 2:34)

assemblage artist Andy Saczynski news

Charitable Donations:
Andy donates his time, talent, and financial gain to charitable organizations. This list includes but is not limited to: A21 Campaign | Alaqua Animal Refuge | American Cancer Society | American Heart Association | The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County | Destin Cobia Tournament | Destiny Worship Center | Emeril Lagasse Foundation | Food for Thought | Habitat for Humanity of Walton County | Junior League of the Emerald Coast | Leadership Walton | Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation | Music For Missions | Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center | Sacred Heart Foundation | Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast Arts in Medicine | The Seaside School Foundation | Shoreline Church | Sinfonia Gulf Coast | Walton County Habitat for Humanity | 30A Songwriters Festival