MATKO VEKIĆ

ABOUT

Matko Vekić was born in 1970 in Zagreb. His academic positions include the Assistant Professor from 2007-2011 and the Associate Professor from 2011-present at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. Since 1995, he had 35 solo exhibitions (Croatia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina). He participated in the running of art colonies in Croatia and abroad. His work was featured in Croatian artists' exhibitions at international art events. Matko studied in Japan, Turkey and India (twice). 

 

Matko's work was met with critical acclaim at various occasions, notably in Zagreb, 2001 (the annual Croatian Artists Association award), Lissone, 2003 (Premio Lissone), at the 10th and the 12th International Cairo Biennale in 2006 and 2010, and was also represented at the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. In 2003, he received the Annual ‘’Filip Trade’’ Prize for contemporary art in Zagreb, and in 2005, the Art Pavilion put on a major exhibition of his work, entitled Animal Circle- the Zodiac Circle. 

 

In the recent years, Matko has been channelling his trademark power of composition and dynamics into media ranging from prismatic screens painted with a mixture of oil, wax and varnish to cut iron objects, initiating a dialogue with the surrounding reality and offering an engaged interpretation of the symbols, emblems, ornaments and insignia of the contemporary world.