Joseph is a highly skilled artist who has the ability to create a magical atmosphere and mood in his paintings. He is a strong believer in the benefits of painting on location.
Joseph Zbukvic’s easy manner and sense of humour disguise a wonderful teacher. “I’ve learned many things from my students by simply observing what they see as mistakes. In reality, there is no such thing as a mistake in watercolour – I call them gifts from heaven because the very unpredictability of what the medium will do is its greatest strength”
Joseph began his painting career in 1978 and quickly became one of Australia’s finest artists. Born in Zagreb, Croatia, Joseph immigrated to Australia when he was eighteen and has since won over 200 international awards with over 40 solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, London and San Antonio.
Joseph is a member of the Victorian Watercolour Society and was its vice president from 1991 to 1994. He is a long-serving member of the Twenty Melbourne Artists’ Society and Australian Watercolour Institute. Joseph also teaches at Charles Sturt University and the Mitchell School of Arts.
“My interest in painting began at a very early age. I grew up on a small farm in Europe where most of the work was done manually and in harmony with nature. I still find the landscape produced by this fine balance, the favourite subject for my paintings”.
“I always say, go with the flow. If you listen to your watercolour as you paint, it will actually tell you where it wants to go. And if you learn to live in the lifetime of any given watercolour while it’s wet, you can travel an amazing journey and be quite relaxed about it, rather than hurrying in your own time. After all, a butterfly lives only for a day; that is it’s lifetime. A watercolour can be wet for mere minutes and that is it’s lifetime.”