Posted by: Valentino Radman | March 12, 2010

Josip Vaništa

Josip Vaništa was born in  Zagreb in 1924.  He graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Marino Tartaglia.  Vaništa’s artistic voice mark the beginning of a new sensitivity in Croatian visual arts. His subjects – portraits, landscapes, still lives and interiors are defined primarily by tone, yet imbued with the sense of tradition. He was member of the Group of Five (along with Ljubo Ivančić, Ivan Kožarić, Valerije Michieli and Miljenko Stančić).  In that period his paintings are permeated by almost tactile  silence and a mysterious light. From 1959 to 1966) Vaništa joins the avant garde Gorgona Group . Check their manifesto here.

After 1970 he returns to figuration. Besides painting, Vaništa is known for his idiosyncratic drawings, always on the verge of radical minimalism (which is noticeable from the examples below). Vaništa artistic evolution led him towards reduction of tone, color and form to its pure essence, almost to the point where painting or drawing barely exists.


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