January 2020 update:

Sadly Dennis has been hospitalized since late November 2019. More info is available at a GoFundMe page that has been setup to help the artist. Please visit the site and help Dennis get back to health!

About the artist:

Dennis Nechvatal paints the natural world, mysterious and beautiful. His vision is an altered reality with a focus on plant imagery and fantastical landscape; the work beckons for exploration, whispering, enticing, sometimes dark, somehow dangerous, always visually engaging.

In his Madison studio the artist paints, cuts and pounds metal masks, and carves wood. He has shown his work throughout the U.S., most extensively in the midwest, and is represented in private and public collections, internationally.

Resume available as a PDF. 

Please contact for more information.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello Dennis (and Mary)
    I hope this finds you recovering. I have been thinking of that first show downtown in Milwaukee, what a revelation it was to us all. And of all the contact we had through the years.
    Best Wishes,
    Karl Gartung


    • Dear Dennis and Mary, there was more but it wouldn’t fit in the caring bridge field.

      So good to see Dennis producing again. Those windows. I remember that chair set in
      front of one of the early window paintings at the Water Street Art Center in what (1977).
      We recently found a pencil drawing that Anne bought as a gift for me,
      ‘Self Portrait as a Date’ from about 1978(?). It had amazingly meticulous draftsmanship.
      Dennis showed in those times how his paintings were often layered,
      with painted over revisions, such that the texture of the final image showed his struggle to get it right –
      to get to a ‘rested totality.’
      I wonder if you remember the time in your Milwaukee apartment/studio when we
      watched the World Series game (all those Reggie Jackson home runs) and all
      the while as we talked and laughed you and Dennis continued making art. Those times
      are a crystal memory.
      Are you back to making art, too, Mary? This has surely taken a tremendous toll on you.
      We’d (Anne and I) like to know you’re back at work as well. We’ve been many times amazed
      to see your needle work (fine as anyone’s most detailed paintings) in various exhibitions.
      We need to see more!



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