John Banovich is among the world’s most renowned wildlife artists. His award-winning original paintings are owned and exhibited by noteworthy organizations, museums and important corporate and private collections across the globe. His life and work have been featured in countless international publications, including Africa Geographic, Wildlife Art, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, the Artist’s Magazine, Sporting Classics, Cowboys and Indians and many others, as well as on various TV programs aired on the Outdoor Channel, Entertainment Tonight, Versus and PBS.
Through his artwork and the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, John has supported conservation and humanitarian efforts in India, Russia, North America and Africa, earning several awards for this work. The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation promotes scientific research and conservation education; facilitates habitat protection and restoration projects; develops creative and respectful partnerships to fund conservation programs; and creates opportunities to build long-term community economic well-being. Banovich is a member of Artists for Conservation, through which he was granted the Simon Combes Conservation Award for his commitment to global conservation. He has also earned the CJ McElroy Award from Safari Club International. John is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and serves on the board of the Craighead Institute and the advisory board of the Safari Club International Foundation.
At 49 years of age, Banovich continues to explore and evolve as an artist, pursuing a deep-seated desire to protect wild species around the natural world. When not in Africa following the tracks of lions or in the mountains of north America or Asia searching for the next wildlife encounter, he divides his time between managing his publishing company, Banovich Art in Paradise Valley, Montana and painting in his Studio West in Carnation, Washington where he lives with his wife Amy and daughters Siana and Mara.
Support for Conservation:
Banovich has worked with several different world-wide organizations with a successful history of bringing the non-hunting conservation community and the sportsmen conservationists together for united efforts to save wildlife for future generations.
Banovich created the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, continuing his commitment to the wild places of the world. Funding is be made available for grass root environmental projects, education programs and often overlooked needs of small groups dedicated to performing the much needed work on the behalf of wildlife and the environment.
The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation (BWF):
BWF fosters cooperative efforts to conserve the earth's wildlife and wild places to benefit the wildlife and the people that live there. BWF promotes scientific research and conservation education; facilitates habitat protection and restoration projects; develops creative and respectful partnerships to fund conservation programs; and creates opportunities to build long-term community economic well-being.
"I started the Banovich Wildscapes Foundationas a way to give something back to the world that has given so much to me. I believe there is nothing more important to future generations than wildlife and wild lands. It lifts our minds, replenishes our spirit and renews our passion for living." - John Banovich
“The pictures John Banovich creates offer the viewer a new and different perspective of the natural world in canvases which are outstanding examples of artistic achievement. His success as an artist comes not only from masterful technical skill, but also from an obvious first-hand knowledge and deep connection with his wildlife subjects.”
―Joseph Vance, President Emeritus, Society of Animal Artists
• Safari Club International, "CJ McElroy Award," 2010
• Society of Animal Artist's, "Presidential Award," 2009, Shelter from the Storm
• Artists for Conservation, 2009 "Simon Combes Conservation Artist Award"
• Society of Animal Artist, 2008 "Award of Excellence"; End of Days
• Society of Animal Artist, 2007 "Presidential Award"; A Giant Among Giants
• National Rifle Association, "Artist of the Year," 2007, Echoes in Gold
• Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, "Birds In Art," 2006, Vulture's View
• Worldwide Nature Artist`s Group, "Conservation Artist of the Month," April 2006
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, "Artist of the Year," 2005, Royal Performance
• Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, "Birds In Art," 2005, Kudu Fever
• The Artist's Magazine, Animal Art Category Finalist, 2005, The Gathering Place
• The Artist's Magazine, Landscape Category Finalist, 2004, Under The Baobab
• The Artist's Magazine, Animal Art Category Finalist, 2004, Beauties and the Beast
• Safari Club International, "The People's Choice," 2003
• Society of Animal Artists, "Award of Excellence," 1997, White Rhino and Plovers
• Society of Animal Artists, "Wildlife Art News Award," 1997, The Defensive Line
• Society of Animal Artists, "Activities Press Award," 1996, 104th Congress
• Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, "People`s Choice," 1996, Heading for Deep Water
• The Artist's Magazine, Animal Art Category Finalist, 1995, The Defensive Line
• Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, "Best of Show," 1994, The Patriarch
• Game Coin Show, "Best New Artist," 1994
• Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show, "Best of Show," 1993, In the Heat of Day
“To me, the magic in a painting lies in what is omitted. To involve the viewers, to let them participate, is very important in composition.” ― John Banovich
• Society of Animal Artists, "Art and the Animal Tour," 2010-2011, Edge of the Marsh; San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego, CA; Neville Public Museum, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO;San Noble Oklahoma Musuem of Natural History, Bolivar, MO
• The Wildlife Experience, "Nature of the Beast" May – July 2010 , Parker, CO (one-man exhibition)
• Museum of the Southwest, "Nature of the Beast" August – October 2010 , Midland, TX (one-man exhibition)
• National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, 2009 "Prix de West,"; Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Passing along the Lessons She Learned, Waiting for Nightfall II
• Society of Animal Artists, "Art and the Animal Tour," 2009, Shelter From the Storm; Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS
•Society of Animal Artists, “Art and the Animal Tour,” 2007-2008, A Giant Among Giants. Tour Venues: “The Wildlife Experience,” Parker, CO.; West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ.; “The Spartanburg Museum of Art,” SC; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, Tucson, AZ
•Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, “Birds in Art,” 2006, Vulture’s View
•National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, “Western Visions,” 2006, Yellowstone Falls
•Society of Animal Artists, “Art and Animal Tour,” 2006, Land of Ice. Tour Venues: Bennington Center for the Natural and Cultural Arts, Bennington, VT; The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO; Bergstom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI.; Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC.
•Gilcrease Museum, “American Art in Miniature,” 2006, Early Light
•National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY., “Western Visions,” 2005, Face Off
•Society of Animal Artists, “Art and the Animal Tour,” 2005-2006, Lord of the Arctic. Tour Venues: The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO.; West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ.; Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI.; Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC.
•National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY., “Western Visions,” 2005, Frozen Sunlight
•The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC., 2005, One-man Exhibition
•Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Birds In Art,” 2004-2005, Palindaba. Tour Venues: James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, MN,; Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ; Wendall Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, ME.
•Society of Animal Artists, “Art and the Animal Tour,” 2004-2005, Fleeing Rwanda. Tour Venues: Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, NJ.; The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO.; West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ.; Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL.; New Visions Gallery, Marshfield, WI.; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland, OH.
•Miami Metro Zoo, 2004, Mark of A King
•Hiram Blauvelt Museum, Oradell, NJ., 2002, One-man Exhibition
•Phillips Auction House, London, "Rhino Rescue," 2001, Cool Whites
•Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ., "Wildlife Discovery," 2000, Kudu Family
•National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma, "Prix de West," 2000
•Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000, It’s Good to be King
•Society of Animal Artists, “Art and Animal Tour,” 1998, Night Fire. Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney Resort, Orlando, FL.
•State Capitol, Olympia, WA., "The Power of Nature," Lt. Governor`s Art Council Exhibition, 1998
•Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI.; 1997, Heading for Deep Water. Tour Venues: Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences Peoria, IL.; Michelson Museum of Art Marshall, TX.
•"Wonders of Nature," 1997 Tour, Hong Kong
- Publications and Broadcast Media
More about Publications and Broadcast Media
- “John Banovich: the wildlife artist, the philosopher, and the world traveler. His name stands out among wildlife artists worldwide. His artistic skills bring nature's creatures into the homes and lives of individuals around the world. His 'big as life' approach to capturing on canvas what he sees in the wilds of Africa, North America and around the world makes John Banovich himself bigger than life.”
Keith Hansen, Publisher, Wildlife Art"
• Western Art & Architecture, "In the Studio" Dec/Jan 2013
• Entertainment Tonight, November 13,2009
• Cowboys & Indians, Gallery Tour "Passing along the Lessons She Learned" June 2009
• Western Art & Architecture, "Swimming with Giants," Winter/Spring 2009
• Big Sky Journal, "Arts Issue," July/August 2007
• Africa Geographic, "P.R.I.D.E Initiative," May 2007
• Outdoor Life Network, “Dangerous Game,” October 2006
• The Artist's Magazine, “Big Game," July/August 2006
• WPBS Television, “An Artist’s Journey,” March 2006
• Wildlife Art, "Big As Life," Jan/Feb 2006
• Distinctly Montana, "Painter of the Big Wild," Winter 2005-06
• Outdoor Channel 2, “Wildlife Art Gallery,” 2005
• Africa Geographic, "The Mind's Eye," Fall 2005
• Wildscape, UK, "Banovich; Step by Step," Summer 2005
• Sporting Classic, “This n That,” May/June 2004
• Wildscape, 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
• The Bozeman Chronicle, "Living and Painting Large," May 2003
• Wildlife Art, "Redefining Success," January/February 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
• American Artist, "Out of Africa," October 1999
• Game Trails, "Featured Artist: John Banovich," Summer 1999
• Wildlife Art, "The Prize of Humanity," January/February 1999
• U.S. Art, "Art Hunters," January 1999
• Northlight Books, "The Best of Wildlife Art II," 1999
• U.S. Art, "Pachyderm Power," November 1998
• U.S. Art, "Painting with Passion," July 1998
• Northlight Books, "The Best of Wildlife Art," 1997
• Sporting Classics, "The Banovich Niche," March 1996
• Wildlife Art, “A Passion for the Unexpected,” July 1996
• U.S. Art, “Wildlife Art Rising Star,” June 1994
• Inform Art, “Building a Body…of Art,” September 1994
- Society of Animal Artists (SAA )
- Artists for Conservation