The man whose first name means
“surprise” in his native language delivers that
element in his paintings of tranquil landscapes,
crashing coastlines, peaceful symphonies and energetic
jazz bands. Collectors of all ages and of varied
lifestyles find something in the diverse repertoire of
Nenad Mirkovich to delight the senses. He delights
himself with the reactions of viewers when they discover
that the same talented artist painted all these scenes.
Nenad Mirkovich says the varied
subject matter and styles he uses in his work are not so
different as they first seem, however. His paintings
comprise juxtapositions of opposites—high drama with
peaceful beauty, darkness and shadow with light and
sunshine, movement with quiet. In a face or in a
landscape, the elements that provide the surprise are
much the same.
Belgrade in 1951, Mirkovich has made his home in Houston, Texas, since 1985.
He began painting and drawing as a young child, and his
background as a portrait painter and magazine
illustrator in Yugoslavia helped him to develop his
varied styles, says his wife Donna.
painting—are fishing and cooking. He owns more than
150 fishing rods, makes his own lures and “can sit in
a boat for hours and hours, pulling out fish,” Donna
says. He also is a gourmet cook, and has developed a
favorite dish he calls “Nenad Chicken.”