Branko Paradis, is an American, Self-taught, Naive artist, who was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1942. He began to paint at age eleven, and 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 artists involved in the major Croatian Naive art movement. 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, which inspired his first one-man show at Hammer Galleries from 1977-78 in NYC. Its success was 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. His love for the USA appears often in many of his works. Finally, his 2016 collection of reverse oil paintings is a reminder of his original roots. Branko Paradis' work has been collected and enjoyed by many.
For questions or comments, please: Contact Paradis. Studio visits in NYC are welcomed.
A NEW COLLECTION:
REVERSE OIL PAINTINGS ON GLASS / PLEXIGLASS
This new collection by Self-taught American artist Branko Paradis, revives his previous experience with reverse painting from Croatia, before he arrived in the US in 1970. Paint is applied in layers to the reverse side of the glass or plexi. Beginning with the smallest details, layers of paint are gradually added, until the entire reverse side is completed and dry. The finished painting is then viewed from the unpainted side. This is extremely laborious and time-consuming work, especially when there so many details, as in Paradis' work. These imperfect photos were taken through the glass/plexi surface, which is highly reflective. All originals are framed and ready to hang. For personal options, frames can be removed, and then replaced with your own choice. For photos of originals with the actual frames, please Contact Paradis.