The paintings of Swiss
artist Boris Posavec are concerned with recording the ordinary
activities of life. An acute observer of the nuances of
the seasons, times of day, weather, and to a heightened
extent, people, his direct and honest depiction of subjects
reflects social and cultural characteristics. His simple
flat figures, bright colors and unrealistic spatial relationships
are all characteristics representative of folk art, a broad
term used to describe a range of artistic expression in
which traditional rules of perspective and proportion are
usually ignored. Often using the most difficult technique
of oil painting on glass (in this exhibit all but Miami
Art Deco is oil on glass), his works reveal a calm, contemplative
vision. A quintessential Posavec is Boy and His Cat. The
picture is an expressive, loving exploration of a child
and his pet sitting in the midst of a fanciful countryside.
While his overt stylization gives a storybook effect, the
cat's penetrating green eyes stare out at us with unsettling
In his most current works, the authentic
expression of beauty and the emotional imitation of life
and nature are poignant themes which underscore the artist's
"Modern Art" phase. According to Posavec, his
raw emotions are portrayed in a style stemming directly
from personal feelings and interpretations. Whether the
medium is canvas or glass (which allows for an intensity
of color unmatched by other surfaces), the unmistakable
style of Posavec's unique work is impossible to ignore.
In his expressive portrait of former US President Ronald
Reagan, his work is decisive and respectful of order, and
was praised by Mr. Reagan in a personal letter to the artist.
Solo exhibitions for Posavec include Gallery
Steiner, Bremgarten, Switzerland; Stadtscheuer, Waldshut,
Germany; Kunsthaus, St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Gallery
Fink, Waldshut, Germany, among others. Group exhibitions
include Rendez-vous Internationale, Gallery Kasper, Morges,
Switzerland; Gallery and Auction haus Dr. Dolezal, Zurich,
Switzerland; and Agora Gallery, New York City, among others.
Scheduled exhibitions include Ferarra, Italy, November 2006
and Oberrohrdorf, Switzerland for spring 2007.