1986-82    Dallas Academy of Visual Communication, Dallas, Texas

1980        Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., creative writing

1979        University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, English major, Linguistics minor

1974        Studies with Croatian painters Nicola Reiser and Edo Murtic


Selected Exhibitions:

2017       “the Dance of Light”   B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016         “I Did it For Love” , B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY         

2014         “Scenes from Childhood: new pastels & oils,” B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY. solo exhibition

2013         “A Limited Engagement,” B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY. solo exhibition

                “Ephemeral Light: Three Visions of Cape Cod,” Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA. solo exhibition        

2012         “Spring Event,” B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY. solo exhibition

                “New Work,” Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. solo exhibition

2011         “Tatjana Krizmanic: Elation Exhibition”, Loveland Museum of Art, Loveland, CO. solo exhibition

                     “Koan- Abstract Expressionist Landscapes,” Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO. solo exhibition

2010–1993   B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY, annual solo exhibits

2009         “Koan: New Oils and Gouache,” Shumei International Institute Gallery, Crestone, CO. solo exhibition

2008         “The Light in the Air,” Left Bank Gallery, Wellfleet, MA. Solo exhibition

1999         Galleria Zucatto, Porec, Croatia, annual exhibit

2002- 92   MacLaren Markowitz Gallery, Boulder, CO. solo exhibit

1998         Clarion, Greenwich, CT. group exhibit

                Grey Advertising, New York, NY. group exhibit

               Phil Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. solo exhibit

               Young and Rubicam, New York, NY. group exhibit

               The Ice House, Denver, CO. group show

1996        Art Tableau, Tokyo, Japan, exhibit with two other Croatian artists.

1993        Phil Second Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. solo exhibit

   Holbey Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

1993–92  Trojanowska Gallery, San Francisco, California

   Sally Harvey Gallery, Aspen, Colorado. solo exhibit


Selected Collections:

               Thompson, Miller & Simpson, Louisville, KY

               Goldberg and Simpson, Louisville, KY

               Brown-Forman, Inc., Louisville, KY

               Lily's Restaurant, Kathy Cary, Louisville, KY

               Marriott Courtyard, Louisville, KY

               Croatian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan

               Mimara National Museum, Zagreb, Croatia

               Croatian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

               Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, KY


Selected Experiences:

2000           Teaches one-week workshop in Venice, Italy.

                  Collaborates with Gallery Canvas printmaker in Zagreb, Croatia, on etchings and monotypes.

1998           Begins teaching at Naropa University

                  Studies with process painter Joan Anderson

1996-93       Teaches illustration at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

1996           Collaborates with potter Mindy Moore, Phil Secord Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1988           Senior Designer and Art Director for Vermillion Design of Boulder, Colorado



                  Art Directors’ Best of Show

                  Gold and Silver ADDY Awards

                  Gold at San Francisco, AIGA Show


Bibliography Selections:

2008           “Eleven Poems,” paintings by Tatjana Krizmanic, Blurb Creative Publishing Service


2007           “Tatjana Krizmanic,” Bob Morehouse and Vermilion Design, Sarasvati Publications, Boulder, CO


2000           “Language,” by Julie Marshall, Camera staff writer, Boulder, CO. November 17


1999           “Ripe Fruits of Childhood Dreams,” by Zeljko Zutelija, Porec, Croatia

                  “Tatjana Krizmanic at Palazzo Zuccato,” by Branko Mrkusic, Voice of Istria, Porec,Croatia. July 4


Published Illustrations:

Bon Appetit Magazine                     

American Airlines

Harper Collins                                


Random House                              

Island Records

Doubleday Canada                         



Print Magazine

Celestial Seasonings Pregnancy Tea

North Boulder Dental Partners



            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 week long 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.


Artist’s Statement 2014

My son, Anton, studies piano. Recently he was playing one piece from Schumann's Kinderszenen or “Scenes from Childhood”. My step-father used to play this opus, and Anton’s playing reminded me of my own childhood. I saw this as a theme for a body of work: Music and memories, scenes that draw on the past, while not denying the present, too. The result is an interpretive and imaginative series of pastels and oils that contain interconnected elements, just like our memories do. Looking through a window in one work may reveal a landscape that I featured in an entirely different piece. Schumann's Scenes are strong and evocative memories. In my show I am also exploring the way thoughts and feelings about the past influence how I frame and paint and express the presence of childhood in my artistic life