Ted Ludwiczak, Sculptor
"Rocks talk to me, I pick ones that have a face in them. Then I follow the shape of the stone. I can't wait to see how it will turn out. I usually know about halfway through. It's not always easy. Sometimes I lie awake at night, trying to figure out how to get the expression to come out of the stone." Ted Ludwiczak
Ted was born in Poland in 1926. He moved to New York in 1956 and worked as a contact lens grinder. In the late 1980’s he moved to a small cottage perched on a cliff in the Dutchtown neighborhood in Haverstraw on the Hudson River. He hauled the rocks out of the river and taught himself how to carve them using a chisel and an old lawn mower blade, then power tools. Ludwiczak’s stone carvings range in size from 6 inches to 4 feet. They have been collected by the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Ted was a constant fixture at RoCA openings and special events. His installation in RoCA's Catherine Konner Sculpture Park was forever growing as he continually added to it. He was an extraordinary person and artist who will be missed.