Oton Gliha

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Oton Gliha was a Croatian painter of Slovenian descent. He was born on May 21st, 1914 in ─îrnomelj, Slovenia, to a Slovenian family originating from Istra. Until the age of ten, he lived in Slavonia, (eastern Pannonian part of Croatia), and later moved to Zagreb where he completed his secondary education. Oton graduated from the Academy of fine Arts in Zagreb in 1937. The artist's teachers were prominent artists Maksimilijan Vanka, Marino Tartaglia, and Ljubo Babi . He visited, studied and worked in Paris, Vienna and Munich to develop his artistic expression.

 

Oton Gliha was an artist who revived landscape paintings during the 20th century. While he lived on the island of Krk and painted, he discovered the heart of this landscape: the "Gromace". He is best known for this series of abstract paintings based on the patterns of the drystone walls of coastal Croatia. The first in the series appeared in 1954, and it was a theme he developed for the rest of his life.  Gliha masterfully interpreted the Gromace. His works feature an abstract but at the same time mystical geometric.  The shapes, rhythms and textures are caught in a variety of artistic styles and techniques, each one creating an individual mood from joyous to sad and reflective.

 

Gliha held solo exhibitions of his work in Croatia, and abroad. He participated in the Venice Biennales of 1962 and 1964. Two retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb.

 

Oton Gliha received the Vladimir Nazor Award for lifetime achievement in 1977. He was elected to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1998.  

 

In 1998, he was elected a member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

 

Oton Gliha died June 19th, 1999 in Zagreb.

 

 

Public Collections

 

Brazil

Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro

 

Croatia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

Gallery of Fine Arts, Split

Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

Rovinj Heritage Museum, RovinjFilip Trade Collection

 

France

Centre Pompidou - National Museum of Modern Art, Paris

 

Italy

Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin

 

Macedonia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

 

Serbia

Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade

United States of America

Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY