After being amazed by how much blind people could do while being trained at the Salt Lake City blind Center during the year 2000, Vojko (Voyko) Rizvanovic decided to pursue a career in art. Although he has been diagnosed with severe bilateral optic atrophy and has permanently lost most of his vision, Voyko Rizvanovic earned his BFA in teaching art in 2005 and later his MFA, both from the University of Utah. His work was first showed in 2003 at the Art Access gallery in Salt Lake City, where he portrayed images of people like himself with canes and guide dogs. This called for inclusion in a two man show in 2005, where he showcased his paintings of people with varying types of physical disabilities. Voyko draws inspiration from his own life’s trials and experience. Throughout the years he has exhibited his work in many juried shows throughout the United States alongside both vision impaired and sighted artists. He has received numerous awards for his work and has been featured in newspapers such as the Deseret Morning News, the Salt lake Tribune the City Weekly, and The Salt Lake Underground Magazine. His most esteemed awards are the first prize at the APH Insight Art and the first place for oil & acrylics at the Art of Possibilities 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. His work has been also published in “Transformation,” a catalogue published in 2006 by the John F. Kennedy Art Center; “Best of the Best,” by Art Impact USA in 2017; and in volume 40 of the “Studio Visit.” The January 29, 2009 issue of City Weekly, commenting on “Blindsight” at the Salt Lake Art Center, noted that “Rizvanovic’s realism makes the observer wonder, ‘Did he cheat? How is he able to create such detailed work?’ But with such detail comes great determination and passion for perfection.” However the writer concludes his paragraph saying: “My single disappointment—he showcased only two paintings.” Voyko is happy to answer questions regarding his eyesight, to subject himself to any examination, or to allow access to his medical records.
Vojko's ArtPrize Entries
These are Vojko's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Vojko's Past Work
These are images of past work that Vojko has done.