In the mid-1960s he attended the State High School of Fine Arts Alojzy Zawada in Jaroslaw. In 1976 he graduated from the painting studio of professor Cz. Rzepiński, and drawing in the studio of Professor Alojzy Siwecki at the Academy of Fine Arts. - Jan Matejko in Krakow.
In the late '70s he emigrated to New Zealand, where he lectured at Whitecliffe Art School (now: Whitecliffe Collage Of Art And Design). There he developed a new printing technique, which he called Polprint.
In 1985 he moved to Australia, where in 1989–1993 he was a lector in the graphic studio at the Claremont School of Fine Arts in Perth, Western Australia.
In 1998, for his creative work in art, the International Greci Academy - Marino and the Verbano Academy in Vercelli gave Henryk Szydlowski an Honorary Professor title and in 2000 the title of Knight of the Order.
Szydlowski has been dealing exclusively with painting, graphics, photography and film since 1994. He has eighty-eight solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions.
In 1996 and 2000 his paintings were placed on postage stamps and postcards, "Who's who in International Art" in Switzerland and published by "House of Bodleigh" - publisher in Australia.
In 2003, in the "Masters of Today" series published by World of Art, an album with 123 artist's works entitled Door to the Dreams, was released.
Since 2010, Szydlowski has been creating his own films in the genre of "video art"; "...these are short experimental films in which I am looking for my own film style." The films combine fields of art such as painting, graphics and photography by the artist.
Henryk Szydlowski is a painter who is extremely difficult to link to any particular artistic direction or style - he describes himself as a 'Credo Artist'. He is a painter who delivers decorativeness in form and colour, expressed in conjunction with elementary symbolism in drawing. He places powerful emphasis on composition in his works. Henryk Szydlowski has a deep passion for painting and one of the greatest rewards for him is that it makes people happy.
Szydlowski's works can be found in private, corporate and government collections in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA and the Vatican.