Zvonimir Mihanovic was born August 12, 1946 in Sino Done near Split, on the beautiful Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Across from Italy and north of Greece, Dalmatian holds much in common with these her ancient ancestors and modern neighbors. This is reflected in the seascapes and landscapes of Mihanovic’s world. Mihanovic draws inspiration from the familiar and attractive images of his homeland. But it is not amazing details or sceneries that holds the viewer’s interest but the atmospheric quality that Mihanovic imbues into each work of art. One is transported beyond the common and familiar to a place of peacefulness and tranquillity. Mihanovic’s brushwork accurately describes his subjects without depriving them of their abiding poetry.
Mihanovic graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. After successful exhibitions and acclaim in his native country, he continues his studies at the Academia di Brera in Milan and went on to graduate in 1976 from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. He won international acclaim when as a young painter he was awarded the coveted Grand Prix in 1978 at the prestigious Salon D’Automne, held annually in the Grand Palais, Paris. Although this recognition launched an international career, Mihanovic continues to maintain a studio in his native Split. His originals, painted oil on canvas, can take from 2 to 6 months to finish. When feasible, paintings are begun on location and finished in his studio: other times, pencil and watercolor sketches capture the moment later to be translated to canvas. As a “Modern Master of Realism,” Mihanovic is a refreshing welcome to the world of contemporary art.
1981: Umjetnicka Galerija , Dubrovnik, Croatia
1981: Wally Findlay Gallery-One Man Show, New York
1982: Galerija Shira- One man Show, Zagreb, Croatia
1983: Wally Findlay Gallery- One Man Show, Beverly Hills
1986: Etnograkski Muzej- One man Show, Split, Croatia
1986 and 1992-1998: Wally Findlay Gallery One Man Show, New York
1988: Sherwood Gallery,- One man show, Laguna Beach, CA
1992-1993-1999: E.S. Lawrence Gallery, One man Show, Aspen,Colorado
1998: Preparation of the opening of Museum Split, Croatia
1999-2001: Permanent painter of Hammer Gallery, New York.