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Johnny Bee Badanjek

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

My artistic abilities came down the bloodline from my grandmother, who would always be building something with her hands. She would build churches out of cardboard and wood, and when you opened the doors there would be a little alter with tiny candlesticks and pews, crucifixes, the Stations of the Cross. It would look like a real church. She would have been known today as a self-taught, art brut, or outsider artist. When she babysat my younger brother Steve and me, she would tell us stories about the old country when she was a little girl living in Yugoslavia. She found a star; she said that fell out of the sky one night and into her backyard and she showed me how to paint with these colors. "Being self-taught ; this is how I learn... from all those who came before. Painting is a form of prayer." Johnny Bee Badanjek

Johnny Bee's ArtPrize Entries

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    Pale Venus

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Johnny Bee Badanjek
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Johnny Bee's Past Work

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