Ivan Kozaric

Ivan Kozaric is the author of the artistic installation Grounded sun, which was designed in 1971 and was placed at Marshal Tito Square. Since 1994 it is permanently located in Bogovićeva Street.

Ivan Kozaric was born on June the 10th 1921 in Petrinja

He studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb from 1943 -1947. He completed his specialisation in 1949 with professor Antun Augustincic. He began exhibiting in 1953 and held his first one man show in 1955.

In 1959/60 Kozaric spent several months in Paris on a scholarship from the Mosa Pijade foundation. This period was very important as if offered the opportunity of gaining a greater insight into European art, but also for evaluating his own creative potential. With the support of the French critic Jacques Lassainge, who held Kozaric in great esteem, he began collaborating with the Gallery Maguy which bought several of his works. Regardless of the favorable conditions and the possibility of staying in Paris, Kozaric decided to continue his career in his own country and returned to Zagreb.

At the beginning of the sixties Kozaric joined the Gorgona group, a group of artists which included the most significant names of contemporary Croatian art.
He has exhibited in many important international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (1976) and the Biennale in Sao Paulo (1979). His works are held in numerous private collections, and in museums both at home and abroad. Kozaric is also listed in anthologies of world and European sculpture (Michel Seuphor: La sculpture de siecle, Nouveau dictionnaire de la sculpture moderne, izdanje Fernand Hazan, 1970.).
Several of his sculptures stand permanently in public spaces, among which the most famous are the statue of A.G.Matos and 'Grounded Sun' in Zagreb. His work has won numerous awards. In 1977 he was awarded the 'Vladimir Nazor" life achievement award. That same year he became a regular member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art.

He has had around 60 one man shows and 200 group shows at home and abroad.

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