Milan Mrkusich was born in Dargaville in 1925 and moved to Auckland in 1927 with his Yugoslav immigrant parents.
Mrkusich is generally regarded as New Zealand's pioneer of abstract modernism and is certainly the senior figure in abstract painting in New Zealand today. He is particularly concerned with shape, colour and the treatment of the surfaces of his paintings. His work is geometric and minimalist and his hallmark is perfect proportion.
He has received a number of commissions for churches and prominent public buildings including a series of windows for Te Papa in Wellington.
Mrkusich was one of ten New Zealanders named in 2003 as "Icons" for a lifetime's services to the Arts.
*Click on image to enlarge