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john painting.jpg (300852 bytes)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.
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