John Budicin

Selected Works



Born in Rovigno, D'Istria, Italy, John moved to California at the age of 11, where he went to college, and continues to live today.   After several years as a commercial artist and freelance illustrator, John Budicin took the opportunity to pursue his dream of becoming a plein air artist when his employer moved out of state.  John loves to paint directly from nature so he paints outdoors almost every day.  John paints many of his paintings close to his home in San Bernardino, California.

John is not only a dedicated painter but also spends several weeks each year teaching workshops all around the US.  John also taught a workshop in Umbria and Tuscany, Italy.

John has also written several articles for art publications.


2000                Galerie Gabrie, Pasadena, CA

1999                A Year in Retrospect, Galeria Gabrie, Los Angles, CA

1998                Echoing Nature, Galeria Gabrie, Los Angles, CA



2000                California Palettes, California Art Club, Los Angeles, CA

2000-1994        Plein-air Painters of America, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 

2000-1994        Laguna Plein Air Painting Competition, Laguna Beach Art  Museum, CA

2000-1999        On Location in Malibu, Frederick R. Weiman Museum of Art  Pepperdine University,  and                         Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ 

2000-1996        Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition

1998                Treasures of the Sierra Nevada, Muckenthaller Museum and Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

                        Bowers Museum Invitational Exhibit

                        California Art Club Exhibition, Mission San Juan Capistrano

                        Puertas Del Santuario, Carnegie Art Museum

                        Plein-Air Painters of America Pain San Francisco  Contemporary Southwest  Painters, Museum

                        of  Western  Art, Prescott, AZ

                        Inland Exhibition, San Bernardino County Museum, CA

                        85 Years of Art, California Art Club, Carnegie Art Museum

1996-1990        Esther Wells Collection, Laguna Beach, CA



2001-2000        Fredericksburg Artist School, TX and CO

2001, 98-97      Plein-Air Painters of America, Steamboat Springs, CO

2001-2000        Fechin Institute, Taos, NM 

2001, 99-98      Scottsdale Artists' School, AZ

2001                 Art in Aspens, CO

1999                 California Art Club, Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

                         Plein-Air Painters Workshop, Fallbrook, CA

                         Fechin Institute, Taos, NM



1999                    First Place, California Art Club, Mission San Juan  Capistrano

1998                    Second Place, Sights of Santa Ana

1997                    First Place and Grumbacher Gold Medal, Multi-Media Mini  Show,  Redlands Art

                           Association, San Bernardino County  Museum

1996                    Second Place, California Art Club Exhibition, Mission San  Juan Capistrano Gold Medal,

                           87th Annual California Art  Club Gold Medal Exhibition First Place, Multi-Media Mini  Show,

                           Redlands Art Museum Award of Excellence, Oil  Painters of America 

1994                    Bud Rickerts Art Center Award, Fine Arts Institute 29th  Annual Exhibit of the San

                           Bernardino County Museum

1989                    Grumbacher Gold Medal, Inland Exhibition XXV, San Bernardino County Museum



2001                    Vicki Stavig, "Capturing the Grandeur of Yosemite," Art  of the West, September/October 

2001                    John Budicin, "The Speed of Light," The Artist Magazine,  October 2001

2000                    Myrna Zanetell, "An Instrument of Nature," Art of the  West, November/December 

2000                    Vicki Stavig, "A Showcase of Eight Talented Artists," Art  of the West,


1999                     Michael Zakian, "On Location in Malibu," American Artist,  August

1999                     Vicki Stavig, "Plein Air Passions," Art of the West,  March/April

1999                     Norm Kolpas, "Chasing the Sun," Southwest Art, February 

1999                     "Master Painters of the World," International Artist, February/March 

1998                     Carole Katchen, "200 Great Painting Ideas for Artists", North Light Books 

1998                     "Best of the West," Southwest Art, March

1997                     Larry Palmer, "Plein Air Painters Preserve Memories," Pasadena Magazine, Fall

1997                    Featured Artist, California Art Club Newsletter, March  

1997                    "Market Report Plein Air Painting," Southwest Art, February

1997                     Elaine Adams, "Conserving Culture," The Quarterly Magazine, Summer

1996                     Carole Katchen, "California Landscapists," Southwest Art, February

1995                    "California Impressionism, An Art Form Comes to Life," Art Business News, March



                   Mission San Juan Capistrano

                   Caribbean Princess Line

                   Joan Irvine Smith Collection

                   Roy Rose Collection

                   Fisher-Haas Infinity

                   Birtcher Enterprises

                   Fechin Workshop


                Signature Member, Plein-Air Painters of America

                Signature Member, California Art Club

                Signature Member, Oil Painters of America

                Signature Member, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association



 2007            John traveled to China for a painting trip with four other artists.  Here are a few photos from the trip.