Gary Bukovnik was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947 and studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The internationally acclaimed painter and printmaker has lived in San Francisco since 1974. His dramatic art conveys a highly monumental quality. Primarily using the mediums of watercolor, monotype and lithograph, Bukovnik fuses sensual vitality with fluid yet powerful colorations, creating floral images of great depth and intensity.
His watercolors and monotypes are the subject of a book by Harry N. Abrams, New York, published in 1990. This lavishly illustrated monograph includes sixty color reproductions, a forward by James J. White, curator at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, an interview with the artist by Robert Flynn Johnson, curator at the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, and an essay about the artist and the depiction of flowers in art by Judith Gordon, a San Francisco-based writer.
Bukovnik's work is represented in numerous public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Corporate collections include the Bank of America, AT&T, Citibank, Neiman-Marcus, Time-Warner, and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, as well as hundreds of additional corporate, private and museum collections. Bukovnik also donates his art to community and civic organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony, which has commissioned a poster announcing its fall season since 1982. The New York Metropolitan Opera also commissioned the artist to create a poster commemorating their 1990-91 season.
The artist’s work is widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Today Art Museum in Beijing, Ansorena Art Gallery in Madrid, the Art Gallery of Hamilton in Ontario, and Galerie Kutter in Luxembourg. Other solo exhibitions of Bukovnik’s work have been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Gallery at Lincoln Center in New York, and many others. He was Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and 2005, and was an artist-in-residence at the Michigan Institute of Arts in 2010.
Exhibitions: Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco and St. Helena, California Campton Gallery, New York, New York The Concept Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The A.C.T. Gallery, San Francisco, California The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Ohio Neuhoff Gallery, New York, New York Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee Irving Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida Galerie Kutter, Luxembourg-Ville, Luxembourg The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Chin Show Cultural Center, Taipei, Taiwan Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida
Museums and Collections: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Brooklyn Museum, New York Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio Dallas Museum of Art, Texas Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, California Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York The Richard L. Nelson Gallery, U.C. Davis, California The New York Public Library, New York Oakland Museum of California Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Portland Art Museum, Oregon Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson University of California, Berkeley Art Museum