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Marko Mavrovich reconnects with America and collectors through art

 In Alfred Gockel, Artists & Special Collections, Csaba Markus, Dominic Pangborn, Marko Mavrovich, Nano Lopez
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Marko Mavrovich puts the finishing touches on a painting.

As Park West Gallery VIP members viewed works by California native Marko Mavrovich at the Henry hotel in Dearborn, Michigan, the artist was doing the same right next to them.

“I don’t get to enjoy them, as soon as they’re done they go out for framing,” he said with a chuckle.

But Mavrovich, the son of a watercolor artist, did more than examine his own works during the February 27 event. In fact, he was drawing inspiration from everything around him, and opened up to Park West Gallery about how his observations and travels are inspiring his latest endeavors.

Mavrovich said he is always observing the world around him, whether it’s light reflecting off of water or the way shadows fall on someone’s face. By doing so, he says he only paints what he has experienced or seen first-hand, thereby keeping his work original and genuine. He compared it to the difference of baking apple pie with fresh apples versus canned apples.

“If you can stay close to the original item, that is when the painting comes out the best,” he said.

For instance, a chilly walk through New York around two years ago inspired him to depict the city in some of his more recent works, a shift from his tropical and European scenes. Instead of a traditional canvas, he chose to paint some of the works on pieces of aluminum with a monochromatic color palette to capture what he felt and saw during his visit.

He also used this technique to create a series of scenes involving fields, churches and vintage trucks for some nostalgic, Americana-themed works.

“I’m going through a period to re-connect with America,” he said. “I’m not trying to exploit it too much, just to use it appropriately and gingerly.”

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Collectors take in a painting by Mavrovich depicting a nostalgic, Americana scene.

The artist isn’t done exploring new avenues either. He said he would like to work with and learn from Park West artists Nano Lopez, Dominic Pangborn, Csaba Markus and Alfred Gockel.

He said he has enjoyed working with Park West, not only because he can connect with other artists, but also for giving him the chance to meet and speak with collectors.

“I have dozens of stories from cruises and you people being with me and laughing and having such a good time,” he said to the VIP crowd at the Henry. “It’s inspiring me to create more work.”

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Mavrovich speaks with Park West collectors

When creating art, Mavrovich tends to travel to places where “the food has to agree with him,” such as Italy, Croatia or Spain, and takes a camera or sketchbook to capture inspiration. He loves listening to music when painting, starting with country in the morning, switching to hard rock mid-day and ending with R&B, jazz and hip-hop.

Mavrovich attributes his initial interest in art to his father, who passed away at the age of 53. A young Mavrovich would sneak into his father’s studio to see him working.

“He was a true artist,” he said.

Mavrovich’s parents wanted him to attend art school in Venice, but when his father became ill, he instead became a sea captain to help take care of his family. Eventually, though, when Mavrovich returned to the U.S., he decided to become an artist full time.

Mavrovich’s recent efforts go beyond creating art. He helped out the Kentucky Pro Bass Warrior Organization, a group that coordinates fishing trips for veterans and their families, with a fundraiser on February 28. He said he likes to contribute to programs that assist veterans, such as Pets for Vets, and also supports organizations like the Humane Society.

“When I was younger it was about just surviving, and after a while you say ‘okay, it’s time to do something’ and give back,” he said.

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  • Albert Owens
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    I’ve always LOVED Marko works. I particularly treasure his first attempt at a male torso set in his studio surrounding.

  • Ana
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    Waw what a beautiful art and i like this type of art thanks for sharing this.

  • Marleen VanDroogenbroeck
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    It was great to meet Marko in person at the VIP land event at Nimacolin Resort in PA to watch him paint while telling us stories. What an inspiring artist and great guy. Thanks again, Marleen

  • Rich Drake
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    Always loved Marko. I treasure my Original oil paintaing beach Scene that we have.

  • Frank Landry
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    Marko, has always been a wonderful artist and friend to us. From the time we met him in NYC and In Boston. He humor, love of life, and his gift/ skill of artistic beauty, have resonated strongly with us, as an artist who is expanding his horizons.

  • Denise DeLeebeeck
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    We met Marko on 2 separate occasions, and watched him paint. He’s an incredible artist, has a great sense of humour and puts a part of himself into every painting.

  • Sean Mitchell
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    Met Marko on a 2010 cruise and snagged one of his NYC paintings. Five years later, I am still memorized by it.

  • Sean Mitchell
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    Met Marko on a 2010 cruise and snagged one of his NYC paintings. Five years later, I am still mesmerized by it.

  • Patty and Mark
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    Marko, it was such a pleasure to meet you and spend time with you! We will treasure your pieces for as long as we live. And you have inspired us!

  • Denise Bays
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    I met Marko on a Princess VIP cruise to Mexican Riviera. I purchase a painting from him called” He Leads Me Through Still Waters”. Initially I was going to Donate it to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, a wonderful organization, however after really studying this piece of Art I have decided, when it arrives, to donate it to the ” War Dogs Organization”. I hope this is OK with you Marko. Be well my friend and maybe I will get the pleasure of seeing you again on another Princess cruise.
    Denise

  • Leticia Jerman
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    Stunning, beautiful art! My 80 year old father happened to see Marko Mavrovich’s paintings in a book and asked me to look him up. He grew up with a Miro Mavrovich in the island of Losinj, Croatia and thinks that they may be related. My dad would like very much to connect with Marko. Hopefully he sees this or somehow this message gets delivered to him. My facebook page is Leticia Jerman-Domenech. Thank you.

  • Ginger Pierce
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    It Get’s Better 2015. I won a raffle. Where can I find info on this.

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