Manuela Vladić-Maštruko is a Croatian artist whose focus of interest is both painting and illustration, as well as conceptual art. She was born in Zadar (not far from the breakwater depicted in the photo at the top of this page, btw). It appears that we both went in the same elementary school, though we don’t know each other personally.
Manuela has been present on the Croatian art scene for many years, recently as the illustrator of children books, some of which she has written.As a painter and a conceptual artist formed at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the generation of professor Ferdinand Kulmer, she has built a personal and idiosyncratic artistic world. As a source for her work Manuela uses the experience of childhood, kind of parallel space-time in which everything is imbued with each other and everything is possible and always new.
Her subjects are dreamlike scenes from a memory or imagination: juxtapositions of figures, objects, times and places, rendered with an appealing eye for texture and tone, and usually painted with a somewhat muted, controlled palette, though she occasionally applies high chroma passages.
These images (click for enlargement) forms a part of the exhibition “The Dream of the Sea”, which are actually illustrations for her new picture book having the same title. Every small acrylic painting on canvas is a part of the story. Visit Manuela’s website here. Click on Ilustracije and Slikovnice.