Born in Poland in 1952, JACEK YERKA studied
fine art and graphics prior to becoming a full-time artist in 1980.
While at university, Yerka resisted the constant pressures of his instructors
to adopt the less detailed, less realistic techniques that characterize so much
of contemporary art.
Instead, he stubbornly continued to work in the classic, meticulous Flemish
style he still favors to this day.
In the end, it was his teachers who eventually relented, finally recognizing
their determined student as a brilliant (although troubling) talent.