Zoran Crnkovic was born in one of the most stunning coastal countries of the Adriatic, none other than Croatia, in 1969. From an early childhood he enjoyed his time drawing, painting, carving and sculpting. In his very early years he received guidance from his creative father, Arsen Crnkovic, and was inspired by the sculptures, drawings and watercolors of his uncle, Bogolijub Crnkovic, from Australia. From the age of eleven he was taught by the multi disciplinary artist and educator Grga Marjavonic. As a high school student Zoran formed a performance group called “Neprilagodeni”, which means unadjusted in Croatian, and still exists in his home town of Delnice. Being of broad interests he pursued the study of physics wanting to unite his devotion to art with the fascination of science that was ignited during his visits, from the early age of five, to the lab, where his aunt was assistant to the leading nuclear physicist in the country.
Art prevailed and after two solo shows that opened the “DHV” building in his home town as an art exhibiting space that still exists to this day, and two more solo shows at the coastal city of Volosko and the capital city of Zagreb, he moved to New York. In New York he has continued to advance his art and give a new home to his son Viktor Crnkovic.
Zoran studied at the Art Students League of New York from 1997 to 20001 where he was a monitor for Sherry Camhy and Richard Pionk. As well as being a substitute teacher, he at the same time received a scholarship membership at the Salmagundi Club. In addition the Metropolitan Museum of Art accepted him into the copiers program which gave him the chance to study Baroque art and specifically the art of Caravaggio.
From his studio in the South Bronx he joined “The Space,” a newly formed group of artists in Long Island City, to repair and use a neglected building complex for art events and exhibitions. He then moved his studio to the building across from the PS1 Museum that had just opened for artists known as the “Phun Phactory” and later known as the “5Pointz,” for its graffiti covered exterior. There he organized open studios and exhibitions which included residents and neighborhood artists in order to establish a new name and character for the building to be known from then on as the Crane Street Studios.
Zoran has had twenty solo shows and close to one hundred group shows so far. He continues to paint and sculpt from his Crane Street studio.
For more information about Zoran Crnkovic, please visit his site at zorancrnkovic.wixsite.com/zorancrnkovic.