Tatjana Krizmanic's brilliant pastel drawings and oil paintings depict café society, beaches, performing arts and ordinary domestic life with a distinct European sensibility. "The people and places seem to be dancing with each other, and with the rest of the world for that matter," said one critic.
A native of the former Yugoslavian Republic of Croatia, Krizmanic started painting at age fourteen and later studied with two prominent Croatian painters, Nicola Reiser and Edo Murtic. After pursuing linguistics and languages at the University of Zagreb, she moved to Washington D.C. in 1980, at the age of 20, and continued her studies at Georgetown University. After marriage Krizmanic moved with her husband to Canada, where she pursued her illustration and painting. Over the next ten years she created artistic works for friends and patrons, while working as an art director. In 1994 Perrier Sparkling Mineral Water introduced a line of whimsical art bottles and used one of Krizmanic's images, "Table Tableaux." Krizmanic divides her time between her home on the Adriatic coast and Colorado.
Since her first exhibit in Boulder, Colorado, Krizmanic has built a strong following. Her paintings reside in numerous private collections and her work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1999 Krizmanic exhibited for the first time in her native Croatia. She has since begun teaching weeklong workshops in Italy.
Krizmanic's work is marked by a warm cheerfulness, where bright colors and swirling perspectives make everyday settings come alive. "People say my paintings make them smile. That's the best inspiration I could ask for," comments Krizmanic.