Conversation, 2002, oil on canvas, 195×130 cm
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Born 4 May 1921, Velika Pisanica, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – 2 January 2005, Zagreb, Croatia.
In 1939 enrols in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, under professor Ljubo Babić and then leaves for Belgrade to attend Petar Dobrović’s art school.
During World War II he participates in the anti-fascist fight as a partisan, and makes numerous drawings with a high documentary and artistic value. Also, in wartime 1944, in association with Zlatko Prica, to the lines of the tragic poem The Pit by great Croatian poet Ivan Goran Kovačić, he makes powerful expressive prints.
Between 1951-1952 spends time in the USA, where he meets great American artists Jackson Pollock, De Kooning, Richard Diebenkorn, James Brooks and others. During that period he creates the cycle Experience of America, which generated a lot of public interest.
In 1958 he participates at the XXIX Venice Biennale, Documenta Kassel, exhibition Die Kunst nach 1945.
In the 60s he receives the Marzotto Award and the Gold Medal of the Italian President at Premio di pittura Città di Faenza. He also wins the gold medal Premio Morgan’s Paint, Rimini Grand Prix and the Tredicesimo Premio Lissone.
In 1965 participates at the 7th Tokyo Biennale and in 1967 at the IX São Paulo Biennale.
Between 1968 and 1990 he is exhibited in solo shows at galleries from Geneva, Milano, Genoa, Zagreb or Belgrade.
During the years he was awarded with different prizes among which: 1972-Silver plaque of Pope John VI, Rome and Grand Prix, III International Exhibition of Original Drawings, Modern Gallery, Rijeka; Biella, international award; Grand Prix, Rijeka, VI International Exhibition of Original Drawings; Grand Prix at the biennale Art et papier, Le Touquet; AVNOJ Lifetime Achievement Award and Vladmir Nazor Award for painting; Grand Prix, Dubrovnik, Mediterranean Biennale; Venice, Premio Internazionale di Grafica Do Forni and the Mayor’s medal.
In 1988 the Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, organizes an international exhibition along the Olympic Games.
The French Ministry of Culture presents him with the title Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des lettres, a high recognition in the field of culture and art.
ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Partisan Art Exhibition, Topusko, Dubrovnik, Split, Šibenik, Zadar and Zagreb,
Umelecka beseda Gallery, Prague
Trojica (The Three) exhibition, Zagreb and Belgrade
Exhibitions in New York, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Pedro, California
III Biennale, Tokyo; “Impressions of America,” Association of Croatian Visual Artists, Zagreb, and Association of Serbian Visual Artists, Belgrade
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Galleria Nazionale d’ Arte Moderna, Rome
XXIX Venice Biennale, Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Documenta, Kassel
“New Painting from Yugoslavia,” Boston, Washington and New York
“L’Art Contemporian en Yugoslavie,” Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, also Stockholm, Rome and Bari
XXXII Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
IX Biennale, São Paulo, Carnegie International, Pittsburgh
Palazzo Reale, Milan
III Biennale of Graphic Art, Tokyo
Galerie d’ Art International, Paris
17th São Paulo Biennale
Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb
City Museum Revoltella, Trieste
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ibiza
Harrach Palace, Vienna