Dortmund, NRW, Germany
About Bernard Simunovic:
Bernard Simunovic is an Croatian Artist and Designer. He studied Fine Arts in the Academy of Sarajevo.
During the Balcan conflict in the early 1990s, Bernard had been sent by his mother away, had left his family and hometown and escaped from the war as an unaccompanied minor refugee to Germany, as his eldest brother Antonio, young soldier, was murdered tragically in the Holmec affair.
In Germany he was alone, with just 50 DM in his bag. A new life with obstacles had begun, has overcome the struggles with a strong will to achieve his aim.
Later on he studied Visual Arts in Bielefeld. He held scholarships, e.g. the artist fellowship from the Aldegrever Gesellschaft, Münster.
Recurring motifs are women and animals with a silent communication between them. Animals as saviors as liberators, as elements of good and origin - the supposedly innocent merges with felt menacing.
Beauty linked Simunovic with transience, freedom with death, melancholy with irony and sarcasm .The simple contour line as a graphical element is combined with classical painting and in this way, Bernard creates an extraordinary composition in each of his works. Through a "thread of life" this composition is held together. His deep interest for architecture, mainly minimalism, and photography influenced his art practice.
In his latest art works Bernard shows intensely that he is an Artist, but also a Designer and a Sculptor. There is no place for stereotypical thinking. He unites all these disciplines in his creative unique compositions.
His paintings are characterized by craftsmanship. They are primarily distinguished by their complex simplicity, but also telling stories. The viewer should be stimulated.
2015 February Gallery Depot, Dortmund
2014 March Group exhibition Westfalenhütte,Dortmund
2013 Sept. Group show 44 | 88 Kunstschauraum Showroom, Berlin
2013 Sept - 26 Studios Gallery, New York
2013 June - 26 Studios Gallery, New York
2013 July - Bushwick Open Studios, New York
2013 June - Group show 44 | 88 Kunstschauraum, Berlin
2013 March - Art Monaco
2013 March - AAF - Art Fair,New York
2013 February - International ArtExpo, New York
2013 Apr. - AAF - Art Fair,Brussels
2013 Jan. Solo exhibition, Bürgerhaus, Essen
2012 Solo exhibition "Lebensfaden" Berswordthalle, Dortmund
2011 Solo exhibition "observation II" Blaues Haus, Dortmund
from 2011 Simunovic presented his works to the public
2002 Kunsthalle Bielefeld - Art Exhibition OWL
2001/02 "Creations" Art Fair Sinsheim Design / Art
2000 Solo exhibition "Zeichen Untertage" Gallery FH Bielefeld
2000 Solo exhibition "Zeichnen Untertage" Zeche,Friedrich-Heinrich,
1999 Diploma exhibition, FH Bielefeld
1999 Solo exhibition Merkator Halle, Duisburg
1999 ZiF (Center for Interdisciplinary Research), Bielefeld
1998 Group exhibition, KHG, Bielefeld
1997 Solo Exhibition, Aldegrever Gesellschaft Münster
1996 'Observations', St.Joseph Church Bielefeld "Sarajevo - a wounded city"
(UNESCO, traveling exhibition
europ in 40 cities and New York, USA)
1995 Group exhibition, Mercator Hall Duisburg
1994 International Literature Cafe Bielefeld
1992 "Stop the war in Croatia" with Croatian artist Branimir Cilic, NRW
1991 Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo
Scholarships / private and public art collections:
2001/02 Art Fair Sinsheim Design /Art Competition 2nd price
1996/97 Artist scholarship from the Aldegrever Gesellschaft, Münster
Artist scholarship from the Albertus Magnus Gesellschaft, Paderborn
artist residency Kamp-Lintfort, "Zeichnen Untertage"
ZiF art collection, Bielefeld
Private art collections
e.g. Schloß Solitude, international private persons and collectors
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