Zvonimir Mihanović was born in 1946 in the village of Sitno Donje in Poljica near Split, Croatia. After completing his high school education in Split, Mihanović studied art in his native land before going to Paris in 1971 to study at the École des Beaux Arts in the studio of French painter Zavaro. In order to learn the craft of classical painting, he explored museums and galleries all over Europe where he honed his skill by making sanctioned copies of paintings by old masters.
Mihanović gained recognition in the art world in 1978 when one of his paintings was shown at the Salon d’Automne in the Grand Palais in Paris. It was here that major art dealers recognized his work and introduced him to the international art scene.
Since the early 1980’s Mihanovic has exhibited his paintings in prestigious galleries in New York City; Palm Beach, Florida; Aspen, Colorado; and Scottsdale, Arizona. Today, his work continues to be sought out by renowned collectors worldwide and is included in numerous exhibitions, including the 2012 highly acclaimed exhibition at the Forbes Museum in New York City.
Also active in the art world of his native country, Mihanović has had major exhibitions in Split and Zagreb, and through his charitable work with the Ars Sacra Foundation, he restores art works of great cultural significance in Croatia.
His distinctive style of painting – requiring up to ten hours of intricate dedication per day and several months to complete one painting - is recognized by art critics as a particular expression of contemporary hyper-realism which places him among the most in-demand artists in the world today.