Joseph Zbukvic is a leading master of watercolour medium of his time. His impressive achievements and enormous success is due to his ability to transform any subject into visual poetic language. Covering an infinite variety of subjects, his sensitive, lyrical and atmospheric paintings have captured people and galleries from all around the world.
” I try to achieve a balance of harmony between tonal values, design, colour and mood that will visually evoke the emotions between the viewer and the painting. Watercolour, with its subtle and gentle effects is a perfect medium to achieve this.” Z
Joseph Zbukvic is a contemporary realist watercolor painter. Primarily depicting representational landscapes in muted tones, he focuses heavily on historic sites and atmospheric depth.
Born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1952, Zbukvic was discouraged by his parents from pursuing his interest in art, especially painting, and so he spent a brief period studying language at a pedagogical university.
Political instability eventually forced Zbukvic and his family to flee to Australia, where he continued to pursue his artistic interests and career. He has received numerous awards for his paintings, and notably had a solo exhibition at East Gate Gallery in 1977.
Getting to know the artist, Joseph Zbukvic
Joseph Zbukvic was born in 1952 in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. His early education was extremely versatile and consisted of the visual and performing arts. However, in spite of his obvious talent for painting, he enrolled into a pedagogical university to study literature and language in 1967.
In 1970, Zbukvic’s studies were interrupted by political unrest in Yugoslavia, thus he decided to immigrate to Australia. There he saw an opportunity to start over and return to art. The artist resumed his formal education at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Zbukvic majored in Industrial Design and graduated with a diploma in art in 1974. During his time in school he began painting again and achieved instant success at art competitions. The artist won his first major award, the Corio Council Art Award in 1975.
In Australia, Zbukvic was able to pursue his visionary interests and build a highly successful career in art. In 1978, he transitioned to painting full-time and rapidly established himself as one of the leading artists in Australia. Thus far he has had over 40 solo exhibitions in Adelaide, London, San Antonio – Texas, Brisbane, and Sydney.
Zbukvic has become a leading master of the watercolor medium as a result of his ability to transform any subject into an astounding form of visual language. The way the artist captures a diverse collection of subject matter through expressive and thoughtful brushwork has captivated people and galleries all over the world.
In an effort to get to know Mr. Zbukvic a little bit better, we asked him a series of eight different questions. Below are our questions and the artists answers!