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Benjaman Gallery to feature vibrant work of Toma Yovanovich

Even longtime followers of the area art scene might not recognize the name of Toma Yovanovich. But the prolific artist, who died last year after a long career as a print-maker, painter and an outspoken member of Buffalo's community of military veterans, is in for a new round of attention.

That's thanks to the Benjaman Gallery (419 Elmwood Ave.), which opens an exhibition featuring many of Yovanovich's inventive abstract works on April 7.

An untitled monotype by Toma Yovanovich is on view in the Benjaman Gallery's exhibition "Tongues of Flame."

The show, according to a release from the gallery, "begins to explore the depths of the collected artworks left behind by the trailblazing artist who produced monotypes, woodcut prints, lithographs, and large-scale mixed media paintings." The release lauds Yovanovich as an artist who "ceaselessly pushed, plumbed, and prodded the concept of art making in the latter half of the 20th century."

Yovanovich's works are in many local and international collections, including the Vatican Library, the Library of Congress, the University of Siena and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. He earned his BA and MS degrees in art education from the University at Buffalo.

The show, called "Tongues of Flame" and co-curated by Dana Tyrrell and Emily Tucker, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. April 7 and runs through June 3. Call 886-0898 or visit


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