The art of Zvonimir Mihanovic draws inspiration from the picturesque harbors, marine vistas and small villages scattered along the beautiful Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Born in 1946 near Split, Croatia, he studied art for many years in his native land and then continued in Italy and France. He has achieved worldwide fame for his paintings, which present a realism of peace and tranquility.
Zvonimir Mihanovic’s exceptional talent was recognized at an early age. This was later confirmed when at the age of sixteen he won first prize for his painting, a portrait of his mother, when it was exhibited in the Salon of Young Artists. At eighteen he had his first one-man show in Split, and the following year, 1965, he exhibited his work in Zagreb, which qualified him for entrance into the Academy of Fine Arts located in Zagreb.
In 1978, Zvonimir Mihanovic was awarded the grand prize of the prestigious Salon d’Automne in Paris. In 1996 his work was exhibited in the Croatian Pavilion at the Atlanta Summer Olympics. The following year he was honored by UNESCO in Paris with an exhibition of his work as part of a celebration of the cultural history of his beloved city, Split. That same year Mihanovic was awarded the highest cultural honor his country can bestow: The Order of the Morning Star.
Zvonimir Mihanovic has had numerous one-man exhibitions of his work in the United States, including New York, Chicago, Palm Beach and Beverly Hills at Wally Findlay Galleries. The Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb, and other European museums possess his work, as do collectors in Europe, Latin America and the United States. In further recognition of his talent, his native country, Croatia has issued postage stamps, which carry his beautiful images throughout the world.