Bruno Zupan was born June 21, 1939 in Trbovlje, Slovenia and graduated from the Art Institute in Zagreb, Croatia before emigrating to Paris in 1962 at the age of twenty-three. He left Paris in 1964 for New York and became an American citizen in 1969. He has exhibited widely with over 200 exhibitions in museums and galleries on three continents. In 1976, he was awarded life membership in the Society of French Artists.
Zupan prefers to paint directly from nature rather than in a studio, and his locations of choice are Mallorca, Venice and Paris. He must have a deep emotional relationship with the subjects he chooses to paint, and that intimacy allows him the freedom of expression best described by ArtSpeak critic Ed McCormick:
"The real magic is in the paint surface itself, with its energetic bravura strokes, splashes, splatters, and drips forming a unified statement, as active, alive and visually autonomous as an Abstract Expressionist work by de Kooning or Diebenkorn- yet simultaneously evoking the world outside the canvas. Among contemporary painters, Bruno Zupan alone possesses the singular sensibility to strike such a perfect balance between surface and subject, between a convincing pictorial lyricism and the matter of fact materiality that is even larger truth and triumph of the most advanced modern art."
Public Collections (partial)
American Ballet Theater. Bank of America. Columbus Museum of Art. Greenville County Museum of Art. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Museo de Arte de la Cartuja, Mallorca. Museo de Mallorca. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Philatelic Museum, Palais de Nations, Geneva. Schlumberger Corporation. Synovus Financial Group. The Carter Center, Atlanta. United States Embassy, Lisbon. United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Private Collections (partial)
HRH Princess Grace of Monaco. Tom Brokaw. Erica Jong. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Bruno Magli. The Rockefeller Collection. The Rothschild Collection. George C. Scott. The Swarovski Family of Austria. Baron H.H. Thyssen-Bornemiza. Jacques Valenti. Natasha Makarova. Gilsey Kirkland. Margot Fonteyn. Rudolf Nureyev. Terry Vanderbilt. US Senator Robert Corker. Sheikh Alia Mubarak Al Sabah. Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China.
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