Zygmund Jankowski (1925-2009) is known for his modernist compositions, highly original sense of color, and effective use of “the white of the paper.” He was born in South Bend, Indiana. After serving in the US Navy Jankowski attended the California College of Arts and Crafts, where studied with, Victor DeWilde, Otis Oldfield, and George Post.
Returning to the mid-west he taught at Indiana University, South Western Michigan College, Hilton Leech School of Art, the Bremen Art Center, the Niles Art Center, the South Bend Art Association, and the Rockport Art Association.
Beginning in 1964 he summered in Rocky Neck, MA, and opened a summertime gallery. In the 1970s he made a permanent move to Gloucester where he held workshops at his studio. In the 1990s he moved to Lanesville. Among those institutions with work by Jankowski is the Cape Ann Museum. In their biography of the artist they acknowledge his role of inspiring a generation of Cape Ann artists.
Zygmund Jankowski was featured in 40 Watercolorists and How They Work by Susan E. Meyer, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1978.