Ivica Šiško Frames
At the exhibition Frames, which will open on Thursday, January 28, in the Josip Račić Studio of the Modern Gallery, the doyen of Croatian contemporary printmaking Ivica Šiško will present to the Zagreb arts public nine large-sized acrylics on canvas created in 2015. These are works characterised by a muted explosiveness and vibrant chromatics in which the artist through the lamination of frames explores a new dimension of the primary motif, and brings the harmonisation of a tonal palette of colourist accents and dynamic gesture to perfection.
From the life of the painter
Ivica Šiško was born in Livno, on January 24, 1946. He graduated from the school of applied art (painting section) in Sarajevo in 1965, class of Mica Todorović. He enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1969, and graduated from the printmaking department in the class of Frano Baće. He did a post-graduate course under the same teacher, and from 1974 to 1978 undertook further development as an assistant at the Master Workshop of Krsto Hegedušić and Ljubo Ivančić.
Since 1986 he has worked at the Academy in Zagreb, where today he is a full professor in the education department. Monographs have been published about this work in painting and graphic art by: Jean-Louis Depierris, Šiško: Drawings and Prints, 1988 and Jean-Jacques Lévêque, Garden of Paradise, 1996. He has self published a number of print portfolios: The Fall, 1974 (etchings); Sketches, 1976 (etchings and aquatints); Records from Turopolje with verses of Zlata Cundeković, 1984 (etchings and aquatints) and Hommage à Ante Topić Mimara with a foreword of Vladimir Maleković, 1986 (mezzotints). The publisher Mladost of Zagreb issued an album of mezzotints called My Grave to verses of Ivan Goran Kovačić and a foreword by Marko Grčić, 1987. The Biškupić Collection published some bibliophile editions: Dantemania with an essay by Tonko Maroević, 1977 (the Iris imprint, vol. 2, etchings and aquatints); Contre la mort la flaque with poems by Jean-Louis Depierris, 1978 (the Arbor imprint, vol. 4, etchings and aquatints); Winter Quarters (the Vid imprint, vol. 3, etchings) and the Teber print album with a foreword by Božo Biškupić, 1979 (6 etchings). He is one of the eight authors of the print album Trace (etching, aquatint and drypoint) issued by the Biškupić Collection in 1980 and co-author with Dubravaka Babić of the album of prints Garden of Paradise published by the Croatian Post Office in 1980, as well as the intaglio albums Samobor at Heart (6 prints), 1994, and Marten (16 prints) 1994 with Dubravka Babić and Miroslav Šutej.
He has exhibited in solo and collective shows at home and abroad: in places as widely spaced as Livno, Zagreb, Bjelovar, Križevci, Karlovac, Osijek, Rijeka, Opatija, Krk, Crikvenica, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik, Toronto, Barcelona, Havana, Bradford, Ljubljana, Peking, Madrid, Baden Baden, Bologna, Berlin, Vancouver, Bonn, Vienna, Reykjavik, Gorizia, Várpalota, Calgary, Munich, Graz, Frieden, London, Stuttgart, Freiburg, Atlanta, Budapest, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Novo Mesto, Mostar and a retrospective in his native Livno in 2010.
For his work in graphic and painting media, Ivica Šiško has been awarded a series of distinguished prizes, particularly worth mentioning being: Gold Medal for Graphic Art at the 8th International Fine Arts Biennial in Barcelona, 1979; Purchase Prize of the Ljubljana Modern Gallery at the 11th Zagreb Print Exhibition, 1980; the Vjesnik Josip Račić Prize for 1981 and in 1984 the Collegium Artisticum Art Pavilion Sarajevo Prize at the 13th Zagreb Print Exhibition.