Acclaimed internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife, John Banovich captures on canvas the essence of a creature and shares it with others in a way that inspires them to not only see the art but react to it. His paintings have been showcased on network television, magazine covers, museums, and in the homes of the world’s most discriminating art connoisseurs. His quest to capture the ancient mystery in the eyes of wild beasts spans from Montana, where he was born and home to the Banovich Art Center, to the farthest reaches of the globe, including Russia, Asia, and his beloved Africa.

The artist’s life-size paintings have drawn global attention to ivory poaching, and his deep knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continue to raise awareness about imperiled species.

Banovich is currently working on a project that epitomize his synthesis of art and conservation. In early February, the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation will present its Award for Conservation Excellence. Conceptualized years ago by Banovich, the ACE is a non-profit award that honors and appreciates a legacy of conservation through recognition of men and women who share their passion to conserve the great outdoors and have made extraordinary contributions to the sustainability of nature and wildlife.

Banovich resides outside of Seattle, Washington, with his wife and two children. For more information on the man and his media, visit


Photo: John Banovich, left, receiving our 2018 Sporting Art Award of Excellence from Associate Publisher Ryan Stalvey.