Bruno Zupan / Bio

Bruno Zupan

Bruno Zupan


Bruno Zupan was born in Trbovlje, Slovenia in 1939. His artistic career began studying in Zagreb, Croatia and then emigrated to Paris in 1962. After his sojourn in Paris, he married Jane Ritchie in 1964 and moved to the United States where he became a citizen in 1969.

In 1976, Zupan was awarded lifetime membership in the Society of French Artists and received further recognition after being commissioned for the First Day Covers for the World Federation of the United Nations Associations philatelic program.

Zupan moves between Paris, Venice, and Mallorca to paint year-round, and has limited edition graphic works displayed in Paris and Mallorca. Selected museum exhibitions span from 1962 to 2006 in cities ranging from Columbia, South Carolina, Palma de Mallorca, Puerto Rico, the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and Oklahoma City.

Art critic Ed McCormick, in 1990, described Zupan’s work as such:

“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 word 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 the even larger truth and triumph of the most advanced modern art.”

Selected Exhibitions:
- 1965 - The Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, South Carolina); The Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Georgia)
- 1976 - Museo de Mallorca (Palma de Mallorca, Spain); Salon des Artists Français, Grand Palais: Lifetime Membership (Paris, France)
- 1980 - Museum of Modern Art, invitational (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
- 1991 - United Nations Headquarters Presentation of First Day Cover (New York City)
- 1992 - Museo de Valldemossa (Valldemossa, Mallorca)
- 1993 - The Kennedy Center, invitational (Washington, D.C.)
- 1994 - Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex (Oklahoma City)

Exhibitions with Onessimo Fine Art:
- 2006 - Directors Choice
- 2006 - Bruno Zupan
- 2008 - My Travels
- 2012 - Bruno Zupan
- 2016 - Living Masters of Impressionism

Public Exhibitions:
- American Ballet Theater
- Bank of America
- Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, Georgia)
- Museo de Arte de la Cartuja (Valldemossa, Mallorca)
- Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)
- Philatelic Museum, Palais de Nations (Geneva)
- United Nations Headquarters (New York City, New York)

Private Collections:
- Tom Brokaw
- Margot Fonteyn
- Prince and Princess Michael of Kent
- Bruno Magli
- HRH Princess Grace of Monaco
- The Rockefeller Collection
- George C. Scott
- The Swarovski Family of Austria
- Baron H.H. Thyssen-Bornemiza
- Li Xiannian, President of the People’s Republic of China


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