The simple black contour line – defining single or coupled human bodies – runs through all of Bernard Simunovic’s paintings. In his works, the face of a lonely smoker, the figure of a flexible dancer and varied expressions of love emerge amid bursts of colour.
Intimacy, introspection and transience remain major themes. The play of light and shadow is, at times, so careful and so creative that the components of the image look like real pieces of sculpture.
Bernard (born 1974) is originally from Croatia. He studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He escaped to Germany in 1992 as an unaccompanied minor refugee during the Yugoslav Wars, having been sent away by his mother. In 1995, he attended the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld. He has been working as a freelance designer and artist since 1999 and founded a design studio in 2004. The recipient of several scholarships and residencies, he lives and works in Dortmund, Germany.
Images used with permission.