“Now more than ever, we need to expand the message about the vital importance of the world’s natural places and utilize the forceful role that artists can leverage in the efforts to conserve them. Through my artwork, I hope to move, reveal and inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us and bring together groups of individuals to unite on a common ground. Our natural world is severely threatened and with this increased pressure, a new paradigm must emerge...artists, conservationists, sportsmen and environmentalists must come together in areas of overlapping interests."

– John Banovich

John Banovich (b.1964) is an American contemporary oil painter known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. Today, Banovich’s work is admired and collected globally by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors. His work can be found in private collections, corporate offices and museums throughout the world.

Biography

John Banovich, b. 1964, Butte, Montana (United States)

John Banovich emerged as a talent to watch over two decades ago and today is known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife.  His deep passion, knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continues to inspire. 

Banovich's work is in important museum, corporate and private collections and has appeared in numerous prestigious venues including the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wildlife Experience Art Museum, Salmagundi Club, Museum of the Southwest, Natural History Museum, Gilcrease Museum, traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists and showcases hosted by Safari Club International and Dallas Safari Club. 

In the press, Banovich’s work has been showcased on ABC’s Entertainment Tonight, The Outdoor Channel, The Great American Country Channel, Orion Entertainment, Versus, PBS and NBC has written about his dedication to his conservation work and named him an NBC Cause Celebrity.
 

In 2007 John Banovich founded the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation. It is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his career as an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats. Traveling across the world seeking inspiration for his work, John has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels. Through his career, artwork and his publishing company, Banovich Art, Banovich has developed effective ways to help implement and support conservation programs and is utilizing his imagery to promote a message of wildlife preservation and to initiate real change - BWF is making a difference.  Currently BWF supports eleven projects in seven countries.

In 2019, the Nevada Art Museum will feature Banovich in a one-man exhibition titled “King of Beasts: John Banovich”.  As an internationally recognized artist who has studied lions for decades, and the Founder of the Lion P.R.I.D.E. Initiative, the body of work created for this exhibition serves as an homage to these animals and explores questions about mankind’s deep fear, love, and admiration for these creatures. The exhibition spans nearly twenty-five years of work, and assembles Banovich’s body of work focused on African Lions for the very first time. The exhibition will open at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and will travel to several additional venues throughout the United States over the following year. As the plight of the African Lion has been prominently featured across media platforms recently, the cultural significance of Panthera leo could not be timelier.

Reviews

"John Banovich not only possesses the vision to capture nature on canvas with unmatched insight and skill, he also extends that vision to saving the wild places that mean so much to all of us. He is an unrivaled artist and conservationist and a gift to those who marvel at the man and his art."  
-Chris Dorsey, CEO and President, Orion Entertainment


“John Banovich has merged the world of wildlife art and conservation in a unique and exciting way. John is able to use his status as world-renowned artist to further conservation efforts even in the remotest parts of the world, working to save Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East, lions in Africa, and even the brown bears of North America. John brings energy, imagination, and leadership to the conservation arena, seeking new partnerships and new mechanisms to save the world's wildlife.” 
- Dale Miquelle, Program Director, Wildlife Conservations Society

 

"His art has a bigger-than-life feel to it that makes it awe inspiring.”  
-Paul Tudor Jones, Tudor Investments

 

"John has the special ability to capture and share his passion and love for Africa through wildlife painting. The connection to each piece, along with his dedication to the protection and preservation of the wildlife and environment is truly spectacular. He is a true advocate for the protection and preservation of African wildlife and land, John Banovich, brings the beauty of Africa to enthusiasts worldwide through his exceptional pieces of wildlife art. I wouldn’t have wanted to be shown Africa by anyone besides John. Having the opportunity to see the land and wildlife with my family by someone so passionate was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I plan on doing every year. To have a painting of the experience makes the memory even more unforgettable."  
-Mike Meldman, Founder and CEO, Discovery Land Co.


“The painting just reminds me so much of the real thing. It’s the details that count: the wrinkles on the tusk and brow, the clouds of dust rising from the massive feet, the birds scampering to avoid the charge. That’s like the real thing that you would see in Africa.”  
-Richard Childress, President/CEO of Richard Childress Racing


“John Banovich has raised the bar for excellence in wildlife art. His work is among the best in the world. When you read his story, it gives you a deeper respect for the man behind the art and enhances an already unparalleled visual experience.”  
-Dick and Mary Cabela, Founders, Cabela’s – World’s Foremost Outfitter

 

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Education

University of Montana, Art & Zoology, Missoula, MT
Art Institute of Seattle, Associates Degree-Visual Communications, Seattle, WA

Exhibitions

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, Wausau, WI, 1997-2006, 2011, 2016
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Invitational, Oklahoma City, OK, 1999-2016

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions, Jackson Hole, WY, 2005-2006, 2016
Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal, 1998-2016

Artists for Conservation, Vancouver, B.C., 2009, 2016
Safari Club International, 1995-2016
Dallas Safari Club, Dallas, TX, 1995-2016
Safari Club International Miniature Invitational, Las Vegas, NV, 2015
Settler’s West Gallery, American Miniature Show, Tucson, AZ, 2008-2015
Scottsdale Art Auction, Scottsdale, AZ, 2015
Jackson Hole Art Auction, Jackson Hole, WY, 2013-2015
Coeur d’Alene Art Auctiion, Reno, NV, 2014, 2015
Wildlife Experience Museum and Museum of the Southwest, Nature of the Beast, Solo Exhibition, 2010
Southeastern Wildlife Art Exposition, 1993, 1995, 1996, Feature Artist: 1998, Guest Artist: 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2016
Gilcrease Museum, American Art in Miniature Invitational, 2006
The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, One Man Exhibition, Charleston, SC, 2005
Society of Animal Artists, Animals in Art Holiday Exhibition,  Miami Metro Zoo, Miami, FL, 2004
Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Solo Exhibition, Oradell, NJ, 2002
J.N. Bartfield Gallery, Nature’s Legacy: Wildlife and Wild Country, New York, NY, 2002
Phillips Auction House, Rhino Rescue, London, England, 2001
Everard Read Gallery, Natural History Paintings and Sculpture, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000
Trailside Galleries, Wildlife Discovery, Scottsdale AZ, 2000
Lt. Governor’s Art Council Exhibition, The Power of Nature, Capitol Building, Olympia, WA, 1998
Wonders of Nature Tour, Hong Kong, 1997
Spanierman Gallery, Natural Habitat, New York, 1997
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, 1993-1996, Featured Artist 1996,
The Houstonian, One Man Exhibition, Houston, TX, 1996
Art Chateau, One Man Exhibition, Butte, MT, 1990
Wild Wings, Designs in Nature, Seattle WA
Fall Classics Show, Montana
Northwest Invitational, Howard Mandeville Gallery
Prestige Gallery, Original Art Showcase, Ontario, Canada
Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester, England

Selected Publications

 BEAST: The Collected Works of John Banovich, Banovich Fine Art Publishing, 2009

Selected Press

Orion Entertainment, Great American Country Channel, Ultimate Sportsman’s Lodge TV Series, 2015
Distinctly Montana, Magazine, 2015
Sporting Classics, “On Location” by Chris Dorsey, December, 2015
Southwest Art, My World, June, 2015
Western Art & Architecture, February/March, 2015
NBC Cause Celeb, October, 2014
Cowboys & Indians, John Banovich, January, 2015
Safari Express, Buenos Aires Argentina SCI Chapter, An Inspiring Artist, Spring 2014
The Outdoor Group, Inc., 42nd Annual SCI Convention, February 2014
Safari Magazine, Art of the Hunt: Maximum Impact,  Jan/Feb 2014
Safari Club Convention Daily News, Banovich Now and Future, February 8, 2014
Discovery Life Magazine,The Artist’s Touch, Volume VII, Fall 2013
The Sporting Life Radio Show, Celebrity Guest: John Banovich, November 2013
Western Art & Architecture, In the Studio, Dec/Jan 2013
Open Fences, John Banovich: Big Animals, Big Teeth, Big Program, Spring 2012
Sporting Classics, Living What He Paints, January 2011
Banovich Travels to China, Project Panda: The Global Search for Chengdu Pambassador, Fall 2010
Entertainment Tonight, Highlights “BEAST: The Collected Works of John Banovich,” November 2009
Cowboys & Indians, Gallery Tour, Featuring “Passing Along the Lessons She Learned,” June 2009
Western Art & Architecture, Swimming with Giants, Winter/Spring 2009
Pakistan Chronicle, November 2008
Big Sky Journal, Arts Issue, July/August 2007
African Wildlife Foundation, Africa Geographic, PRIDE Initiative, May 2007
Outdoor Life Network, Dangerous Game Episode, October 2006
WPBS Television, An Artist’s Journey, March 2006
Wildlife Art Magazine, Big As Life, Jan/Feb 2006
The Artist’s Magazine, Big Game, July/August 2006
Distinctly Montana, Painter of the Big Wild, Winter 2005-2006
The Outdoor Channel 2, Wildlife Art Gallery, 2005
African Sporting Gazette, 2005
African Wildlife Foundation, Africa Geographic, The Mind’s Eye, Fall 2005
Wildscape Magazine, UK, Banovich: Step by Step, Summer 2005
PBS, Journeys of an Artist, July 2004
Sporting Classics, This ‘N That, May/June 2004
Wildscape Magazine, UK, The Art of John Banovich, March 2004
Art World News, Banovich: Making A Difference Naturally, May/June 2003
Big Sky Journal, John Banovich: A Painter’s Barn, Summer 2003
Bozeman Chronicle, Living and Painting Large, May 2003
Wildlife Art, Redefining Success, Jan/Feb 2003
Montana Pioneer, Banovich’s Wild, Wild World, September 2002
InformArt, The Art of Marketing: John Banovich Has Come Far in 7 Years, Fall 2001
Southwest Art, Prix de West Preview, June 2000
U.S. Art, Art Hunters, January 1999
Wildlife Art, The Prize of Humanity, January/February 1999
Game Trails, Featured Artist: John Banovich, Summer 1999
Wildlife Art, Rockport Publishers, 1999
American Artist, Out of Africa, October 1999
Northlight Books, The Best of Wildlife Art II, 1999
U.S. Art, Painting with Passion, July 1998
U.S. Art, Pachyderm Power, November 1998
Northlight Books, The Best of Wildlife Art, 1997
Art Trends, January/February 1997
Sporting Classics, The Banovich Niche, March 1996
Wildlife Art, A Passion for the Unexpected, July 1996
Inform Art, Building A Body of Art, September/October 1994
U.S. Art, Wildlife Art Rising Start, June 1999

 

Affiliations

Craighead Institute, Board of Directors Member
Society of Animal Artists,  Distinguished Signature Member
Artists for Conservation, 2009 – Present
Safari Club International Foundation, Advisory Board Member
Safari Club International “Conservation Alliance” Project, Co-Founder, 2007
Safari Club International Foundation Humanitarian Services, “Tatu” Project, Co-Founder, 2006
Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, Founder, 2007

Awards

Artists for Conservation, Best in Show for Painting, ”Game of Lions”, Vancouver, B.C., 2015
Artists for Conservation, Medal of Excellence”, Vancouver, B.C., 2015
Jackson Hole Art Auction, Top Tier Artist, Jackson Hole, WY, 2014, 2015
Safari Club International, C.J McElroy Award, 2010
National Indie Coffee Table Book Award for “BEAST: The Collected Works of John Banovich”, 2010
Society of Animal Artists, Presidential Artistic Achievement Award, 2007, 2009
Artists for Conservation, Simon Combes Conservation Award, “Shelter from the Storm,” 2009
Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2008
National Rifle Association, Artist of the Year, “Echoes in Gold,” 2007
Worldwide Nature Artist’s Group, Conservation Artist of the Month, April 2006
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Artist of the Year, “Royal Performance,” 2005
The Artist’s Magazine, Second Place Animal Art, “The Gathering Place,” 2005
The Artist’s Magazine, Landscape Category Finalist, “Under the Baobab,” 2004
The Artist’s Magazine, Animal Art Category Finalist, 1995, 2004
Safari Club International, The People’s Choice Award, 2003
Society of Animal Artists, Wildlife Art News Award, “The Defensive Line,” 1997
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, People’s Choice Award, “Heading for Deep Water,” 1996
Society of Animal Artists, Activities Press Award, “104th Congress,” 1996
Game Coin Show, San Antonio, Texas, Best New Artist, 1994
U.S. Art, Wildlife Art Rising Star, 1994
Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Best of Show, 1993, 1994

Selected Collections

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY
Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, CO
Tudor Investments, Greenwich, CT
Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, NJ
Borsini and Burr, San Francisco, CA
Mary Hart, Host, Entertainment Tonight
Dave Liniger, Founder, RE/MAX Int.
Tom Siebel, Founder, C3
Bob Parsons, Founder, GoDaddy.com
Richard Childress, Team Owner, NASCAR
Dick & Mary Cabela, Owners, Cabelas
Chris Dorsey, CEO of Orion Entertainment
Jack Hanna, Director, Columbus Zoo & TV host of “Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown” and “Into the Wild”
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., U.S. Army General
Ross Perot Jr., Chairman, Perot Systems