Gallery Tomislav Ostoja

Opatička Street no. 6 / 2nd floor, Zagreb

In downtown Zagreb, in the old upper city Baroque centre, near the „Kamenita Vrata“ ( Stone gate) – the best-preserved entrance in the former „Grič“ surrounded by city walls – there is a newly opened gallery by the contemporary sculptor Tomislav Ostoja.

Permanent exhibition of Tomislav Ostoja’s works places in an appropriately decorated studio gallery consists of more than a hundred donated selected works made in the past six decades of creation. Displayed in the author’s former apartment, following his project of an art exhibition, all works equally reflect the intimate side of the artist’s nature and the representative character of his 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 certain memento mori of the sculptor’s life and archetypal formative iconics.


This is an outstanding artistic whole consisting of sculptures and art works, realized in a wide range of materials and techniques. It is amazing because, besides showing an exceptional union of the artist’s universal talent and excellent metier both in sculpting and painting, it witnesses about the validity of his personal idiom of modernity and praiseworthy creation of something mew without cancelling language in the Croatian art, which brings out universal values of artistic creation, the creation in which the personal

intertwines with the general and modern with the traditional. The achieved synthesis in the artist’s expression, based on intimate impulse and cultural layers of his Dalmatian homeland, is a characteristic feature of his work, which ensures a high place in the contemporary production of fine art.


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.

The atelier has always been the only work place for Tomislav Ostoja. He has never looked for a shelter in a civil service. He has been a free artist fot more than five decades and he lives of his art works. Although this status resulted in an unsafe existence, Ostoja was persistent in his decision to be free and to make a living for himself by selling his works and making public monuments. He has created  an enormus opus of several hundred sculptures and paintings, which today enrich the collections of the leading museum-gallery institutions and private collectuions in Croatia and abroad. He has made nineteen public

sluptures and monuments. Nine of them were placed in open areas in  Zagreb, three in Čakovec, one in Lički Osik, one in Begovo Razdolje, one in Poreč and one in Knin, two in Vukovar. Among them, besides the monument to te poet Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević from 1962 and the park sculpture „The Boy“ from 1979, both set in Zagreb, the memorial monument to the  victims of the Croatian War of Independence in Vukovar, displayed in 2000, is particularly prominent. He has won numerous awards, among which we would like to emphasize the first prize at the tender for the monument dedicated to the blessed cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in 1996 and the first prize for the composition „The Broken Heart of Vukovar“ at the tender for the memorial to the victims from Vukovar in the Croatian War of Independence in 2007.

The donation of Tomislav Ostoja to zhe City of Zagreb includes 336 of his sculptures, paintings and sketches, together with the apartment in which they are situated and displayed in the greatest part. This is an area od 130 m² on the second floor of the palace in Opatička street no. 6, which was redecorated into a gallery, The sculptor signed the deed of gift at the City of Zagreb Town Hall on 7 August 2012 on a small ceremony organized by the mayor Milan Bandić for the donor and the representatives of the media.

Since Octobar 2014, the Gallery „Tomislav Ostoja“ has been available to public, both for the purpose of studying the artist’s opus and for visiting its permanent display.

The Gallery, with a unique collection of sculptures and art work by Tomislav Ostoja, the artist from Split whose name will remain forever written in gold, is situated in the upper-town building nearby the Stone Gate, through te portal on the palace façade and across the harmonious backyard to the east side of the building.

Visits: every Wednesday (except on holidays) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Free admission.

Gallery Tomislav Ostoja

Opatička Street no. 6 / 2nd floor, Zagreb

School groups and other organized group visits should be arranged in advance at

phone: +385-1-6041055

fax: +385-1-6041044





Edo Murtić, Zadar,-1953.,-MG-2331






Dragutin Trumbetaš, Vincet u Bordelu-u-Arlesu,-1991.,-MG-6372