Damir Ocko was born in 1977 in Zagreb, Croatia, and studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb. He works with different media- videos, installations, music, etc. He lives and works in Zagreb.
Vlatka Horvat is a Croatian-born artist working across sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography, and text. Her projects often focus on re-arranging or reconfiguring objects, built space, and social relations at play in it. After 20 years in the US, she currently lives in London.
Igor Eskinja was born in 1975 in Rijeka studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. His work was shown, amongst others,
in Manifesta7, Italy, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, MAC/Val Musee d’Art Contemporain Du Val-De-Marne, France, Federico Luger Gallery, Milan, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Power Plant Gallery, Marta Herford, 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Frac Pays de la Loire, Nantes. He lives and works in Rijeka.
Marko Tadic is a Croatian artist born born in 1979 who creates drawings, collages, and watercolors.
Nemanja Cvijanović was born in 1972 in Rijeka (Croatia), where he still lives and works. His focus of interest is questioning and uncovering the mechanisms of production, manipulation and consumption of meaning in post-modern culture that is based on a critical attitude towards the ideological and aesthetic values of modernist culture and society. His criticism is manifested in the works of art based on the structural and semantic order of pre-existing works, historical events or phenomena, by means of mimesis and / or simulation as well as the use of visual meta-language. Cvijanović lucidly links past and present, parallel realities of different social systems and different artistic strategies.
David Maljkovic (1973, Rijeka, HR) examines collective memory and amnesia in contemporary Croatia. Maljkovic's work consists of collages, installations, videos and drawings. His work incorporates images of dilapidated modernist landmarks, monuments and buildings commenting on the country's idealistic discontinuity. Erected during the communist era and left empty or deprived from its original use, these rundown monuments mark the gap between utopian heritage and disillusioned presence.
She was born in 1977,Zadar, Croatia, lives and works in Berlin. The works of multimedia artist, Jovana Popić, are about the manifestation of identity and the innumerable fragments of information that contribute to it. They’re about traces—traces of place, of memory, of ideas and of time,traces of a culturally shaped life story that together comprise something of recognition, meaning, and value.
Andrea Knezović is a visual artist born in 1990 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2014 she graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Visual Arts from A.V.A-Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana. Her field of interest expands to performing arts, mixed media, video and photography. Currently based between Ljubljana and Zagreb, Knezović is an artist who explores threshold states and ambiguities within social contexts. She uses her creative process as an instrument for reconstructing social paradigms involving bio-politics, body politics and liminality. Knezović’s works bear strong political references and are characterized by the use of everyday objects, the corporate world and identity recognition within a middle class setting. Andrea Knezović’s work underlines the relationship between existentialism and abstraction within artistic creation. Her primary interest is to play with symbolic language and intuitive narratives, while reflecting the existing environment and its conditions. Knezović conceives of her works as artistic rites of passage through which personal impressions and sincere communication are between the artwork and the viewer. Looking at her surroundings through the prism of an artist, Knezović deliberately invites the sentiment of indeterminacy which translates into the general atmosphere of her artistic expression.
Žižić/ Kožul is an artistic duo (Damir Žižić and Kristian Kožul) based in Zagreb. Žižić, born in Split in 1983, graduated from the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the University of Zagreb and from the Art Academy in Zagreb, where he studied New Media Studies. Kristian Kožul, born in Munich in 1975, graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany. They focus on commenting the discord among socio-economic reality and its representation by he visually sophisticated imagery characteristic of the high fashion and luxury products industry. Their work has recently been presented at web platforms DIS Magazine and The Creators Project. The collective’s exhibitions include Croatian Association of Artists Zagreb; Lauba House Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka; Museum of the City of Koprivnica; 53rd Poreč Annale, Industrial Art Biennial in Labin and T-HT@MSU.HR Award in Zagreb. Their installation “Inflatable Realities” is part of collections in public space of the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb. Zizic/Kozul are members of Nomad organization based in Zagreb.
Born in Zagreb in 1984, Ana Legčević is about to graduate in painting from the Academy of Fine Art and Design (AFAD) of the University of Ljubljana. Her work involves conceptual art, installation and painting, with the main element of her works being pure format and the constant repetition of visual constituent parts, combining concepts and their visual realisations. Her work has been shown at the exhibition Transform in the Constantin Brancusi Gallery in Bucharest and the exhibition On Time in Ljubljana's Škuc Gallery. In 2014, she received an AFAD award for her work Counting/smoking. She lives and works in Ljubljana.
Zlatan Vehabović is Zagreb based Croatian artist, born in 1982 in Banja Luka. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he currently teaches. He is engaged in exploring painting, the potential and effects of this specific medium, especially in regard to its place in a complex contemporary reality. His works have been exhibited, amongst others, in group exhibitions “Gray Would be the Color, if I had a Heart”, Marc Straus Gallery New York; “Biennal of Painting”, Croatian Association of Artists Zagreb and National Museum Gdansk; Lacunae, Spinnerei, Leipzig, “T-HT@MSU.HR”, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; “After the Fall”, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art New York; “Art and Terrorism”, City Gallery Bihać; Kunstforum Galerie, Regensburg. He had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Lauba House Zagreb, Galerija Greta Zagreb, Galerija Kranjčar Zagreb, Galerija Galženica Velika Gorica, among others. Zlatan is a member of Nomad organization based in Zagreb.
'The Artist is a soldier in a ripe wheat' is a short statement about my mission as an artist. In a fantastic but dangerous world I am fighting for the redefinition of notions, history and history of art. I superimpose meaning, spiritual and ethical values to material, archeological, historical, conventional, and 'artistic' values. From that position I am questioning customs, traditions, heritage, predetermination. Such attitude implies critique and questioning of my own position.
Fokus Grupa is an artist collective based in Rijeka, Croatia. Borrowing their name from a contested research method, used equally for independant research as for PR purposes they point to the social, economical and political frames of the art field. Their practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary, and they work across art, design and curating. Fokus Grupa concentrate on the relations between art and its public manifestations, in terms of working culture, aesthetics, and social and economic exchange values. Their work investigates the inherent power structures of the art-system. To this effect, they explore its economic, spatial and legal implementations. The collective tries to expand the boundaries of their artwork, using printed matter, films and installations, works on paper, discussions, workshops and texts.
Luiza Margan (b. 1983) works with different media such as photography, video and performance. She is constantly looking for subjects and impressions related to her environment, engaging mainly with socio-economic, political and artistic processes which restructure the public space, through interventions, actions and installations. Her interest embraces historical contexts – especially the socialist legacy and its ideological symbols – as well as normal everyday occurrences, with an emphasis on the condition of labour within changing social technologies and on the invisible aspect of work, its critique and representation. She lives and works in Vienna since 2006.
Ruzica Zajec was born in 1959, Croatia she moved to Hannover, Germany to study visual art. Ruzica Zajec’s work often poses sensitive questions related to the idea of perception. She is committed to painting and drawing about the awareness of human presence in space, as humans and objects become spatially inseparable in her work. Zajec reflects upon the essence of our being, ideas of tangibility, visibility, and self-awareness. She is particularly interested in working with transparent and multi-layers materials as she experiments with light.
Igor Ruf was born in 1984 in Virovitica, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb where he now works as an Assistant Lecturer. Igor Ruf explores the relations between object and non-object as a starting point for a work of art. For him memory is the cognitive ability to reconstruct past experiences, whether autobiographical or experienced through media such as film and music. Ruf’s research ranges from unrecorded narratives spread by oral tradition to phantasmal images from childhood.
He was born in 1983 in Osijek, Croatia, Miran Blažek graduated with a BA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb in 2006 and completed his postgraduate studies in 2012 at Fine Arts Academy, Ljubljana. Since 2011 he has served as an external assistant in drawing classes at the Art Academy in Osijek. Miran Blažek builds his work as recorded time of the constant quest for the meaning of the ordinary things we interact with in everyday life in order to build personal, emotional and mental caches of images. In his work there is a series of symbols which constitutes an open story where the words do not meet the needs of visual representation. His works function through traces which indicate that they derived from painting.
Tina Gverovic was born in 1975 Zagreb. Gverovic works with installation, drawing, painting, sound and video. Her work – often in the form of immersive, disorientating installations – engages with space, territory and identity and how these concepts are bound to invention and imagination. She showed work in the Tate Modern (London, 2014), MSUB (Beograd, 2014), SE8 Gallery (London, 2013), and The Garden of Learning - Busan Biennial (Busan, 2012). She recently took part in a HIAP Residency at Baltic Art Centre (Visby, 2012). She finished BA in Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, was a participant at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, and holds a doctorate from Middlesex University in London.
Born in 1988 in Zagreb. She finished School for Contemporary Dance Ana Maletić in 2005 and graduated Industrial design at the School of Design, Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb with the master thesis Choreography of Movement in Public Space in 2012. In 2016 finished MA in New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Her work involves interdisciplinary approaches and developing eclectic methods using body based practice and design. Research is based on questioning notions of social choreographies and everyday body and creating spaces as experience archives or environments for transferring knowledge.
Nora Turato was born in Zagreb in 1991. Croatian-born, Netherlands-based performer Nora Turato harnesses the versatility of language as an instrument in her absorbing spoken word displays that blur the line between contemporary music and performance art.
TARWUK (Bruno Pogacnik Wukodrakula and Ivana Vuksic) is an artist collective founded in 2014. Their practice is based on collaboration with our family members, none of which are artists. Rather than working with arbitrary chosen collaborators, they work with the immediate family, the group of people that not only do not identify themselves as artists, but also resist being pulled into the creative process as well. Limiting their practice within a framework of using only the inputs that come directly from the lives and interests of their family members, they develop ability to react and connect different levels of information and shape them into a cohesive narrative.
Lana Stojićević (1989) is a young artist based in Split, whose socially and critically engaged artistic pratice often deals with misplaced priorities in her immediate environment. She graduated in painting from the Arts Academy of Split in 2012 and uses a variety of media including photography, painting, sound, sculpture textile and embroidery for projects that tackle environmental topics (Black Hill/Crno Brdo, 2015), urban development and consumerism (Villa Roza Project and Parcel, 2016) and gender-related issues. Her practice embraces critical approach, narrative content, metaphorical thinking and humour. She received the Erste Grand Prix in 2015, was finalist of the New East Photo Prize and was awarded the Metro Imaging Mentorship by Calvert 22 Foundation in 2016.
Gildo Bavčević (1979) is a multimedia artist based in Split known for his socially engaged performances and video work. He graduated in 2013 MA Film and Media Arts from the Arts Academy of Split and works with a variety of media (performance, video, film, art performances, multimedia installations, audio projects, and sound design). His topic of predilection is money, its social, psychological and political impacts as well as the distorted behaviours, reactions and relations it generates, both on the global and local, Croatian scales. In one of his most impressive performances entitled Profit vs. Welfare (2012) which he realized in different countries with the local money, Gildo Bavčević is hammering a coin on an anvil until it becomes unrecognizable, a simple and valueless slice of metal, showing the artifice of monetary politics.
HULU – Split is a professional association of visual artists, who work in the area of Split-Dalmatia County. It gathers artists of all artistic expression from painting, graphics and sculpture to multimedia art. HULU contributes to the creation of the artistic life and promotes the visual arts by organizing exhibitions for member and guest artists, as well as large annual events such as Split Salon, Art summer, the Biennale of Contemporary Croatian Graphics, or the Biennale of Small format. With two exhibition locations in Split – Salon Galić Gallery and Basement Halls of Diocletian palace –, a publishing activity and international cooperation programs, HULU achieves a multilayered activity and meanigfully contributes to the vibrancy of the local art scene.
Luka Kedžo (Dubrovnik, 1986) graduated photography from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb in 2014. In addition to several solo exhibitions in Croatia, he has exhibited at numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad. He has received several important awards, including the Grand Prix 33. Young Salon in 2016 and the Best Performance Award at Trieste Contemporanea in 2015. The "Kyklop" series is featured in the renowned collection of Deutsche Telekom and was exhibited at the Zagreb MSU at the exhibition of "The Voice of the Artist / I am the Mouth earlier this year.
Tanja Deman (1982) is a young photographer currently based in Split, whose practice is driven by her interest in the perception of space and her relationship to nature. She graduated in sculpture from the Fine Arts Academy of Zagreb in 2006 and works since then with photography, collage, video and public art. First appearing as evocative meditations on urban space and landscape, her projects often deal with the extreme situations that man’s conquest over nature is continuously generating (Fernweh and Site Densification series). Observing recently built legacy or natural sites her work investigates the sociology of space, the psychology of the „room with a view” (Abode of Vacancy, Collective Narratives and Temples of Culture series) and reflects dynamics hidden under the surface of both the built and natural environment.
Mario Matoković was born in 1985 in Osijek, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Arts in Osijek, Department of Fine Arts in 2010. He has taken part in many fine arts workshops, and has exhibited in numerous Croatian and in few international exhibitions. From 2010 untill 2017 he was a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Art (HDLU) in Osijek and from 2013 till 2016 he has been appointed president of the HDLU Osijek. He is a holder of the Rector’s Award of the J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek. In 2016 Mario was one of the finalists of Radoslav Putar Award, award for young visual artists in Croatia up to 35 years of age and in 2017 received 3rd award 5th International Biennale of Contemporary Fine Arts in Novorossyisk, Russia . Lives and works in Osijek, Croatia.
Budor creates installations, environments, and sculptures, that recall moments of cinematic experience via their atmospheric scenographies. She explores histories of cinema and architecture, in order to merge concepts of reality and fiction in new ecosystems. Her works often contain used movie props, special effects, and historical remnants of utopian architecture. Budor places the history of the found object into a new narrative, evoking an uncanny form of memory and emotional connection in the viewer. She explores the intertwining narratives of mainstream cinema and architectural structures in ever-evolving environments. Integrating re-appropriated screen-used cinema props into her installations, sculptures, and staged settings, she has given these objects a second life in a new context outside that of the cinematic arena.
Igor Grubić is one of Croatia’s most accomplished and internationally acclaimed artists. His work includes site-specific interventions in public spaces, photography, and film. Since 2000 he is also working as a producer and author of documentaries, TV reportages and socially committed commercials. He represents Croatia at the 58th Venice Biennale with the long-term project Traces of Disappearing (In Three Acts) and the short, experimental documentary/animation film How Steel Was Tempered, which has received several awards. Igor Grubić has been active as an multimedia artist in Zagreb since the early '90s, making photography, video, and site-specific actions. His interventions into public space, along with video works explore past and present political situations while cutting through the fabric of reality. Grubić’s critical, socio-politically committed practice is characterised by the long-term engagement and investment into the subjects he chooses to work with. From the in-depth exploration of the fate of historical monuments and the demise of industry, to examination of the predicament of minority communities, his projects unfold over several years of research and grassroots, personal relationships. Though grounded in the documentary tradition, Grubić’s work in photography and film is characterized by an affective and empathic approach, which is deeply humane and often poetic.