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Dan Chudzinski
The Vampire Reliquary
Mixed media sculpture
41.5 x 15.25 x 15.25 inches
Dan Chudzinski
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
Mixed media sculpture (brass, wood, epoxy resin, polymer clay, acrylic paint, steel)

The Reliquary Series debuts at Rehs Contemporary Gallery

During my Catholic upbringing, I became fascinated by the concept of sacred relics: a piece of a deceased holy person’s body or belongings which are often preserved in elaborate reliquaries. These revered objects blend faith and fine art. Relics can lend validity to biblical narratives and inspire pilgrims to travel great distances to view them. Some of the most famous relics, such as the “Shroud of Turin” or the “Crown of Thorns”, represent moments of extreme suffering and violence, yet they are viewed as symbols of hope and salvation. It is in the spirit of this tradition that I have created my newest series of sculptures.

The Vampire Reliquary
During my time as an altar server, I found myself intrigued by the annual February 3 ritual, celebrating the feast of St. Blaise. In honor of the patron saint of those who suffer from throat ailments, many parishes offer a “blessing of throats. A priest places a pair of crossed candlesticks against the throat of the recipient and says, “Through the intercession of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil.” This often made me wonder if the blessing would counteract the effects of vampirism.
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With a command of techniques rivaled only by his diverse interests, Dan Chudzinski’s quest to improve his artistic skillset has led to a host of unusual adventures. Throughout various chapters of his life, he has worked as a zoo taxidermist, apprenticed under master marble carvers in the mountains of Northern Italy, made functional artillery pieces for film and television, and created totem poles with Tlingit master carvers in Alaska.


Born and raised in Fremont, OH, Dan received a B.F.A. in Sculpture and a B.A. in History from Miami University. He received an M.F.A. in Three Dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University. Dan is the Director of Curation and Exhibitions at the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books (University of Findlay), which houses the world’s first and largest collection of original illustrations from picture books. The museum serves as host to the annual Enchanted Brush Exhibition, a free event that Dan founded and curates to showcase the works of his friends in the Imaginative Realism genre.


Recently, Dan’s sculpture, The Great Owl, was awarded a Grand Prize in the Infected By Art competition. The same piece also received the Gold Medal in the sculpture category. An image of his piece, Evasive Species, will be placed in a time capsule on the South Pole of the moon later this year.


His artistic adventures can be followed at “Dan Chudzinski Studio” on Instagram

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