John Banovich (b.1964) is an American contemporary oil painter known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. Today, Banovich’s work is admired and collected globally by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors. His work can be found in private collections, corporate offices and museums throughout the world.
"Through my artwork, I hope to move, reveal and inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us and bring together groups of individuals to unite on a common ground. Our natural world is severely threatened and with this increased pressure, a new paradigm must emerge...artists, conservationists, sportsmen and environmentalists must come together in areas of overlapping interests." – John Banovich
In 2007 John Banovich founded the Banovich Wildscapes Foundation. It is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his career as an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats. Traveling across the world seeking inspiration for his work, John has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels.
Mark Homann’s father’s family first arrived in Africa from Germany in the 1830s. His maternal grandmother was born in India and his grandfather spent his childhood in British Columbia. They met in a small farming town in what was then Southern Rhodesia, where his grandmother was a nurse and his grandfather was a farmer. His parents met at Rhodes University and settled on the family farm where they raised their family.
Mark spent his childhood outdoors on the farm, at boarding schools and the Zambezi Valley. From a young age Mark’s dream was to work in the wildlife industry. Upon leaving school he worked as a leaner guide in Hwange National Park where he served as an apprentice. He qualified as a licensed Zimbabwean Professional Guide in 1994 and went on to guide safaris in Zimbabwe’s National Parks and wildlife areas.
In 2002, while working as the head guide at Pamushana Lodge he met and married Maria. They lived at Pamushana for two years before moving to the United States to work for Paul Tudor Jones as private safari consultants, starting their own business, Homann’s Africa in 2018.
Arranging and managing safaris has always been Mark’s purpose and passion and he continues to lead private safaris throughout Africa.