Bruno Zupan was born in 1939 in Slovenia. After tragically losing his father at a young age, he was raised by his mother and grandmother and later went on to become an art student in Zagreb, Croatia. He emigrated to Paris at the age of twenty three to become a painter. There, he painted outdoors, the Seine, the bridges, the parks. His work was noticed, exhibited and sold. He found himself at the center of an international group of painters. In 1964, he emigrated to the United States and, soon thereafter, began exhibiting at museums and galleries around the country, gaining an impressive list of both public and private collectors, among them, HRH Princess Grace of Monaco, Li Xiannian, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Sheikha Alia Mubarak Al Sabah, the Rockefeller Collection, the Rothschild Collection, the Swarovski family of Austria, ballet greats, Margot Fonteyn and Natasha Makarova, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, designer Bruno Magli, writer, Erica Jong, George C. Scott, Tom Brokaw, Terry Vanderbilt, Jacques Valenti, American Ballet Theatre, Bank of America, the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.), the Carter Center (Atlanta), the United Nations Headquarters (New York), Schlumberger Corporation, Museo de Mallorca, and most recently the Boston Public Library, to name just a few. Over the course of his career, his work has been the focus of over one hundred and fifty one man exhibitions across two continents and is permanently housed in over a dozen museums. Today, Bruno spends six months of the year at his home and studio on the island of Mallorca, Spain and splits the other six months between his homes and studios in Georgia and New York. Every August, he travels to Paris, to paint. And every October, he travels to Venice, to paint. Mallorca, Venice, Paris, Columbus (Georgia), New York - these are his favorite subjects. It has been said that Bruno’s muse is light. Perhaps this is why Mallorca and Venice remain two of his favorite subjects. They are blessed with exceptionally clear light. He is a lover of these landscapes which he never tires of painting and captures unlike any other.
“Part of Zupan’s appeal is his willingness to take the necessary risks in terms of putting the emotive element back into landscape painting. He possesses the stunning confidence to put aside historical timidity and confront nature directly, and he has the rare painterly ability to translate passionate responses to it into transcendent works of art. His rhapsodic brushwork and singular vision have garnered him a worldwide following among those who still seek beauty in the art of painting. Bruno Zupan is one of the last great romantics and for that alone his work is worth treasuring.” -Ed McCormack, Artspeak, New York.