Eric Budovitch

Mr.Budovitch grew-up in the Maritime Provinces of Canada admiring at an early age the art work in the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It’s collection, which focuses on the British and Maritime provinces’ tradition of realistic, figurative art set his artistic standard.

He was encouraged at an early age to pursue drawing and painting which continued into adulthood.  Attending but subsequently leaving both Concordia and York University’s fine art programs because he could not find the foundational studies that he believed were needed by all aspiring painters. Instead, two years later, he earned a degree in Art History from McGill University where he focused on the work of 17th century Flemish Baroque artists, notably Peter Paul Rubens.

Unable to cease practicing, he applied and was accepted into the graduate program at the New York Academy of Art where his formal education in fine art really began.  It was a school with a mandate of traditional methodologies, anatomical study and skill development. At the Academy he worked directly under recognized artists such as Eric Fishl and Vincent Desiderio the later acting as a mentor until graduation. While in New York he took advantage of the city by enrolling concurrently at the Art Student’s League studying under portraitist Nelson Shanks.

Upon graduation from the Academy in 2002 Mr.Budovitch was flattered to be chosen amidst the many international applicants to act as an assistant in the studio of the Norwegian painter, Odd Nerdrum. The senior artist’s technique and methodology remain a strong influence in his current production.

Today Mr.Budovitch lives and works in Toronto Ontario.

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