Cleveland-born and educated Gary Bukovnik has lived in San Francisco for over 30 years. Bukovnik’s art conveys a 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.
In 2003 and 2005, the American Academy in Rome invited Bukovnik to be a Visiting Artist. In 2001, he was selected to create a poster for the prestigious List Collection, which creates posters to commemorate programs at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Past contributors have included Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Alex Katz, Elizabeth Murray, and Donald Sultan. Bukovnik also donates his art to benefit the San Francisco Symphony, which since 1982 has commissioned a poster announcing its fall season.
Solo exhibitions include Concept Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery and, the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland and the Erickson Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg. Other recent exhibitions have been organized by the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Neuhoff Gallery, New York; Lisa Kurts Gallery, Memphis; Irving Galleries, Palm Beach; Galerie Kutter, Luxembourg; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Chin Show Cultural Center, Taipei; Takashimaya, Tokyo; the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and Brevard Museum of Art, Melbourne, Florida.
Among the artwork displayed at the Brevard Museum of Art is a tapestry based on a Bukovnik watercolor and hand-woven in Aubusson, France by Atelier Raymond Picaud. Weavers since the seventeenth century, Picaud has also produced images of other modern artists such as Alexander Calder, Georges Braque, and Helen Frankenthaler.
His work is represented in diverse public and private collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Chicago Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown; Fine Arts Museums, Other organizations include the New York Metropolitan Opera; Refugees International, Japan; and Project Open Hand, San Francisco and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York City (List Collection).