Nick Vukmanovich’s pop icons showcase the bright colors of hidden emotions and agendas in a variety of faces and figures. In his efforts to redefine portraiture, Vukmanovich challenges our own definition of beauty – by visualizing humanity as part of appearance rather than something independent of it.
Vukmanovich’s work is highly prized among European collectors. While American collectors have shown a tendency to associate his acrylics and color with the “Warhol” school of art, overseas collectors have found similarities with the work of Jean Dubuffet’s “art brut” as well as subtle reminders of the German Expressionism School.
It is essential to look at Vukmanovich’s portraits as deeply psychological, the artist’s term is “psycho social.” They are not so much portraits of individuals but rather portraits of the mental states through which the subjects of his painting pass.
BORN: October, 17 1952
EDUCATION: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA
Agora Gallery, New York NY 2002
LIFE INTERPRETED EXTRAORDINARY VISIONS
Mind, Machine, and the Light Fantastic: A Digital Art Exhibition
Skot Foreman Fine Art, Ltd., Dania Beach, FL 2000
Galerie On, Cologne, Germany 1998
Galerie Ruth Sachse, Hamburg, Germany 1997
The Annex Gallery, Dania, FL 1996
Mendelson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 1996
Stellwagen Gallery, Provincetown, MA 1992
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA 1992
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA 1991
Pittsburgh Center of the Arts, New Member Exhibition, 1991
Metropol, Pittsburgh, PA 1989
United States Department of Interior, East Liberty, PA 1988
Mendselson Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 1987
Pittsburgh Tribune, Review, 1996, Graham Shearing
Tribune Media, Citylink, 1997, Fort Lauderdale, Michael Farver