Posted by: Valentino Radman | February 25, 2010

Miljenko Stančić, master tonalist

Miljenko Stančić (1926-1977) is one of my favorite Croatian 20th century painters. He graduated from Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1949 and then specialized printmaking in the class of Tomislav Krizman. Stančić was member of the Group of Five (along with Ljubo Ivančić, Ivan Kožarić, Valerije Michieli and Josip Vaništa).  From 1960 on he participated in the exhibitions of Belgian art group Fantasmagie. Miljenko Stančić taught at the Academy from 1961 to 1977. He had numerous one man shows in Croatia and Europe, including Paris and Bruxelles.

I like the atmosphere in Stančić’s paintings, which was created by asterfully orchestrating shapes, tones and soft Vermeer-like light. In his perfectly balanced compositions enigmatic figures inhabit  surreal space and the viewer is invited to ponder about the relationship between each other.

It’s a shame that there are no high-res images of Stančić’s work online. These jpgs are all I could obtain. (click for enlarge)


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