A self-proclaimed nomad, Bruno Maskarel has spent a good portion of his career wandering the globe, keeping a primary residence in Paris but frequently returning to his native Balkans, especially Rovinj and Zagreb, Croatia. Born in Sarajevo (then Yugoslavia) in 1926, then to Zagreb, where he turned to the study of painting.
Maskarel’s first paintings were exhibited in the 1947 Zagreb Spring exhibition while he was a student at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. Three years later the same show featured more of his oeuvre. That 1950 outing marked the beginning of a decade of shows that would take him across what was then Yugoslavia to Poland, France, Austria, Brazil, the Middle East, and ultimately the United States.
Maskarel’s early works reflect a brief flirtation with Post Impressionism. He soon abandoned this phase to develop his own signature style: a synthesis of Byzantine influences from his native land, hallmark of cubism, and figurative elements often culled from his world travels. His works are a dialogue between reality and fantasy, of sweeping architectural lines rescued from severity buy a diverse palette of colors.
Since 1951 Maskarel has had solo exhibitions through-out the world. Many of these exhibits locations are standard in the art world: Milan, Paris, Munich, Rome, Florence, andWashington, DC. Others may be less well known as art centers: Genoa, Torino, Freiburg, Novara, Haifa, and Las Vegas, Nevada. Still others reflect the native Balkans of Maskarel’s birth, Rovinj, Rijeka, Opatiza, Brescia, and Curitiba, from example.
In addition to his solo exhibitions in the many and varied locations in the world, Maskarel has works permanently displayed in the Museum of Zagreb, Yugoslavia, and at the Centre Yougoslave in Paris. A variety of his works are also part of numerous private collections.