Ivan Kožarić

Ivan Kožarić (Petrinja, 1921 – Zagreb, November 15, 2020) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1947. In the year 1959/60, Kožarić spent several months in Paris on a Moša Pijade Fund Scholarship. In the beginning of the 1960s, he was a member of the informal artistic proto-conceptual group Gorgona, which was active from 1959 to 1966. He exhibited on many important international exhibitions, such as Venice Biennale (1967) and Biennale in Sao Paolo (1979). His works are found in numerous private collections as well as in museums at home and abroad, and many of his sculptures are permanently exhibited on public places, such as the statue of A.G. Matoš and Grounded sun in Zagreb. He is found in antologies of the European and world contemporary sculpture (Michel Seuphor: La sculpture de ce siècle; Nouveau dictionnaire de la sculpture moderne, published by Fernand Hazan, 1970) and has won numerous awards for his work. In 1997, he was given the Vladimir Nazor Award for his life work. That same year, he became a full fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.