Born in 1932 in Geneva, Switzerland, Emilie Brzezinski immigrated to the United States with her parents and grew up in California. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History in 1953.
Brzezinski began her art career in the 1970s working with a variety of media, including resins, latex, and wood fiber. Her expressive themes always related to nature. Eventually, she shifted focus to creating monumental wood sculpture, using a chain saw and ax to carve towering forms that breathed new life into felled trunks.
Over the past two decades, she has had many gallery and museum installations in the U.S. and overseas. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C. and has been shown at the the Kreeger Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Her art can also be seen at sculpture parks across North America, including the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton, Ontario, the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park in New York and the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York.
Many of her works are in the Czech Republic, the country of her family’s origin. There, “Prague Titans” gazes upon the Vltava River, and a more restrained installation, “Broken Blocks” can be seen in the National Gallery in Prague.
The Brzezinski family are long-time residents of McLean, Virginia. In the 1980’s, Emilie Brzezinski built her studio on the family property.
Emilie Brzezinski is the widow of Zbigniew Brzezinski, mother of Ian, Mark, and Mika Brzezinski. She has recently relocated to Florida.