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 architecture, 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 the Emerald Coast home since childhood. They married in 1999, and have five children. Yes, they know what causes that and they do have other hobbies. In his free time, Andy enjoys surfing, skateboarding around his gallery, and collecting junk. He likes coffee, sushi, and Sriracha – not necessarily in that order, and definitely not together.

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:
#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.com)
The Art of South Walton, Florida (by Visit South Walton)
South Walton: A Perfect Place to Shop (skip to 0:24)
Follow Me to South Walton (skip to 0:53)
2013 Moss Rock Festival (skip to 2:34)

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