Living on the streets for years, this Polish artist now has his own workshop.
Adam Piekarski’s life on the streets has been turned around thanks to Fr. Leszek Pyś, a Polish Redemptionist.
The clergyman discovered that his fellow countryman, who’d been living on the streets of Rome for 5 years, was a talented painter.
“More than a year ago Pyś saw me drawing and asked me whether I could paint a portrait for their chapel, and that’s how it started,” shared the 42-year-old artist with Crux.
His skills with a brush soon became common knowledge, and in April this year, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, who as papal almoner heads charitable activities on the pope’s behalf, offered Pierkarski a workshop in Palazzo Migliore, a palace that has now become a shelter for the homeless.
He moved into his workshop the day before his birthday, and from there he set about painting commissions of families, pets, and children.
Soon after, he received a most important commission from the Vatican itself to create two stamps for “Natale MMXXI,” or Christmas 2021, the famous stamps issued for Advent and Christmas.