Born in Trieste, Bogdan Grom attended gymnasium in Serbian Subotica and Ljubljana, capital of and Slovenia. Academics of Fine Arts Perugia, Rome and graduating from Academy of Fine Arts, Venice; Grom studied with Matej Sternen, Ljubljana; Gerardo Dottori and Aldo Pascucci, Perugia; Roberto Melli, Rome; Guido Cadorin, Armando Pizzinato, Arturo Martini, and Bruno Saetti, Venice. During this period he was exposed to Impressionist, Expressionist and Futurist ideals and modes of interpretation. Grom distilled these influences of Metropolitan Europe and infused them with his own unique spirit and vision based on his memories of Homeland, which might be referred to as the KARST ETHOS. He has kept his vision in spite of the changing style and fashion of artistic movements. This ethos is one of the elemental truths inherent in the light, color and form of the stones of the Karst in the region of Trieste where he had his origins.

Without succumbing to the sentimental, Grom infused his particular ethos with his pathos (personal and emotional element in art). From the earliest depictions in watercolor and oil at his germinal exhibition in Trieste, 1949, through multi-media interpretations: sculpture, graphics, "woven graphics", and now "layered paper cut outs", Grom's universal vision has evolved into a higher ethereal form transmuted from the Karst.

The animus for the structured planes with dimension and color spectrum remain the same as the first black/grey stones infused with happy soul so long ago, except that the layered space, so original in concept, is almost lyrical in its counterpoint. This structured vitality, using new forms and technology, shows Grom's pathos, the emotional element in his art, as a continuing universal and increasingly affirmative vision.

Grom divided his reality between New Jersey and Trieste. He died November 2013

-F. Peter Rose
Valuer and Critic

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