Branko Paradis, an American, Self-taught, Naive artist, was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1942. He began to paint at age eleven, and has never had any art training. Growing up, he loved everything American, and his only dream was to come to America. In the late 60's, he was part of the second generation of Croatian Naive artistts. After several exhibitions in Europe, Paradis finally arrived in New York in 1970.
In 1972, the Director of Galerie St. Etienne on W. 57th St., having heard about Paradis' work in Europe, invited him to join a major exhibition featuring the artists of the Naive movement in Croatia. This show brought Paradis further recognition. This inspired his first one-man show at Hammer Galleries from 1977-78--a turning point in his life as an artist in the USA.
Paradis' themes and subjects have been varied. Vivid memories of snow and peasants remain with him, and he continues to paint them. In the late 1990s, he directed his energy to his unique naive African animals. Also, his love for the USA appears often in many of his works. Most recently, his 2016 collection of reverse oil paintings brings him full circle to his original roots. Branko Paradis' work has been collected and enjoyed by many.
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