Newly opened gallery Tomislav Ostoja
In downtown Zagreb, in the old upper city Baroque centre (Opatička street 6), near the „Kamenita vrata“ (Stone Gate), there is a newly opened gallery by the contemporary sculptor Tomislav Ostoja.
Permanent exhibition of Tomislav Ostoja’s works placed in an appropriately decorated studio gallery consists of more than a hundred donated selected works made in the past six decades of creation.
His best sculptures with homeland motifs from the cycles „Summer“, „Island Woman“ and „Fish“ are displayed in a more thematic than chronological sequence, accompanied by extraordinary drawings, along with the studies of created monuments and metaphoric sculpting compositions from the cycle „Traces of Disappearance“, which represent a certainmemento mori of the sculptor’s life and archetypal formative iconics.
Tomislav Ostoja was born in Split on 31 August 1931. He went to classical elementary school in his hometown, and afterwards the School of Applied Arts where he graduated in 1952. Early Ostoja’s works, created in high-school sculptor class, were significantly influenced by Meštrović’s stylization of motifs, but they were also characterized by an envious modelling skill. In the fall of 1952, he successfully passed the admission test at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts, so until graduating in 1957, he studied sculpture in the class of Fran Kršinić and Antun Augustinčić, with whom he finished the so called „special class“.
After his studies, he continued with his work under the patronage of his mentor Augustinčić and he was an associate of the professor’s Master Workshop all until 1961. After leaving the Master Workshop, he worked in his own atelier in the courtyard of Medulićeva street no. 12.
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