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John Banovich

 (born 1964)
John E. Banovich is active/lives in Washington, Montana / Africa.  John Banovich is known for wildlife, birds and African animal painting.

John Banovich

Biography from the Archives of askART

Known for his African animals in landscape, he has traveled extensively in Africa from his home in Camano Island, Washington. He is committed to conservation and to seeing wildlife art move into the mainstream.

John Banovich grew up in Butte, Montana surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains. At the age of seven he completed his first oil painting titled, " The Jungle Book Characters." The artist did not fully turn to painting until 1993; since that time he has found enormous commercial and artistic success as well as notable achievements in the areas of conservation. Banovich, who is known for his realistic paintings of exotic wild animals in their natural habitats travels to Africa and India to study the animals.

John Banovich's greatest contribution to wild life art may be his work as a conservationist. Each year the artist donates time and paintings to conservation efforts. His own organization , the Banovich Foundation, is devoted to supporting the needs of small groups. He hopes the organization will also be able to fund scholarships and educational programs for environmental concerns.

Wildlife Art,
January/February 2003

Biography from Trailside Galleries
John Banovich, b. 1964, Butte, Montana (United States)

John Banovich is an American oil painter known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. Today, Banovich's work can be found in many museum, corporate, and private collections.

While Banovich is most closely associated with African species, namely elephants, lions, leopards, cape buffalo and rhinoceros—he's been to Africa three dozen times on research trips—he has also done realistic nterpretations of Siberian tigers, Chinese pandas, and North American megafauna (such as grizzly and polar bears, bison, and puma).

Banovich has tried to be a wildlife art innovator in using his paintings to raise awareness about imperiled species. He did a 10x10-foot square, life-sized painting of an African elephant, titled, Once Upon A Time, completed to help draw attention to the growing plague of ivory poaching.

Under the umbrella of the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, money generated through artwork sales has been channeled back to support grassroots conservation efforts that promote habitat protection, science-based wildlife management and sustainable tourism.

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

• SCI Miniature Invitational, Las Vegas, NV, 2014
• American Miniature Show, Settler's West Gallery, 2008-2014
• Dallas Safari Club, 1995-2014
• National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Prix de West Invitational, Oklahoma, 1999-2014
• Society of Animal Artists, Art and the Animal, 1998-2014
• Safari Club International, 1995-2014
• Nature of the Beast, Solo Exhibition, Wildlife Experience Museum and Museum of the Southwest, 2010
• Southeastern Wildlife Art Exposition, Guest Artist 2004-2010, Feature Artist in 2010
• Gilcrease Museum, American Art in Miniature Invitational, 2006
• Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art, 1997-2006
• National Museum of Wildlife Art, Western Visions Invitational, Jackson, WY, 2005-2006
• 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, 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
• 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 1994

• Craighead Institute, Board of Directors Member
• 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, 2004

• 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, 2009
• Artists for Conservation, Simon Combes Conservation Award, "Shelter from the Storm," 2009
• Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence, "End of Days," 2008
• Society of Animal Artists, Presidential Artistic Achievement Award, "A Giant Among Giants," 2007
• 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, "Beauties and the Beasts," 2004
• Safari Club International, The People's Choice Award, 2003
• Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence, 2001
• Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence, 2000
• Society of Animal Artists, Award of Excellence, "White Rhino and Plovers," 1997
• 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
• The Artist's Magazine, Animal Art Category Finalist, "The Defensive Line," 1995
• 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, "The Patriarch," 1994
• Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, Best of Show, "In the Heat of the Day," 1993

• Wildlife Experience Museum, Parker, CO
• Tudor Investments, Greenwich, CT
• Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, NJ
• Borsini and Burr, San Francisco, CA

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John E. Banovich

About  John Banovich

Born:  1964 - Butte, Montana
Known for:  wildlife, birds and African animal painting