John Banovich emerged as a talent to watch over two decades ago and today is known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. His life-sized elephant painting Once Upon A Time drew global attention to ivory poaching, and his deep knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continue to raise awareness about imperiled species. Under the umbrella of his Banovich Wildscapes Foundation, money generated through artwork sales has been channeled back into support efforts that promote habitat protection, science-based wildlife management, and sustainable tourism.
Banovich’s work has appeared in numerous venues including the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Wildlife Experience Art Museum, Salmagundi Club, Museum of the Southwest, Natural History Museum, and Gilcrease Museum. He has been featured in traveling exhibitions sponsored by the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation, and showcases hosted by Safari Club International and Dallas Safari Club.
In the press, Banovich’s work has been showcased on CBS’ Entertainment Tonight, Outdoor Channel, Great American Country, Orion Entertainment, PBS, Southwest Art Magazine, Western Art Collector, Cowboys & Indians, Sporting Classics, and Western Art & Architecture. Most recently, NBC has written about his dedication to conservation work, naming him an NBC Cause Celebrity.