Martina Grlić is one of the brightest artists of a new stream of Croatian realism which focuses on the figurative in art and on the narrative potential of the painting. 

The methodology of her work includes exploring the political, economic, and social heritage through the deconstruction of politics of memory, image reading, and gender aspect. The method she uses is based on ethnography and autoethnography of everyday life and popular culture as well as the transformation of found imagery into the painting background. Grlić explores the phenomenon of memory and reminiscence focusing on changes that took place, and are still happening in post-socialist society.

In 2009, she received her M.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Croatia. Her works were exhibited at numerous solo and group shows in Croatia, France, Poland, China, Italy, Austria, Germany. In 2017, Martina won an HPB prize for the young artist, and in 2012, she won the First Prize for painting from Erste bank. In 2014, Grlić participated in Glo’art residency in Belgium.

 

EDUCATION  

M.A. at Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia (Painting)

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Erste bank, Zagreb, Croatia

Modern gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2017 HPB Prize for Young artist

2012 ERSTE Bank, New Fragments, First Prize

 

FESTIVALS AND BIENNALE

2021 6th Biennale of painting, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2017 4th Biennale of painting, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2015 3rd Biennal of painting, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 2nd Biennal of painting, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2011 1st Biennal of painting, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2010 22nd Slavonia Biennal ,Gallery of Visual Arts, Osijek, Croatia

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Hypermnesia, Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia

2021 Safe Word, duo show at Fragment gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019 Distinct Realities, Potemka gallery, Leipzig, Germany

2018 Memory and Conflict, Gallery Karas, Zagreb, Croatia

2017 Collective Dreams, Kranjcar Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

2016 Factory, Gallery Simulaker, Novo Mesto, Slovenia

2015 Product, Gallery Poola, Pula, Croatia

2014 Product, Museum of Mali lošinj, Mali Lošinj, Croatia

2014 Better Than Reality, Gallery Zuccato, Porec, Croatia

2014 Product, Gallery Josip Racic, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 Factory, Gallery Karas, Zagreb, Croatia

2012 World to Come, Gallery Dogadanja, Zagreb, Croatia

2011 Atomic Landscapes, Gallery Cekao, Zagreb, Croatia

2010 Atomic Landscapes, Gallery SC, Zagreb, Croatia

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Halfway Through, Fragment gallery, Moscow, Russia

2019 Without Anesthesia, 54th Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2018 Searching for Reality-Jadranka Fatur and Hyperreal, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2018 Traces of Water, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2017 THT PRIZE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2016 Challenges to Humanism, 51st Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2016 Exporting Zagreb – Constructing the Present of Memory, National Museum, Gdanjsk, Poland

2015 2nd CEE Countries Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ningbo Museum of art, Ningbo, China

2014 Mundus Vadit Retro, Gallery KIBLA, Maribor,Slovenia

2014 32nd Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 New Croatian Realism, HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 Art Must Be Beautiful, 53rd Annale, Porec, Croatia

2013 48th Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2013 T-HT prize, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2012 PARS PRO TOTO, Loft Sevigne, Paris, France

2012 31st Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2012 Erste Fragments 8, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia

2011 The Other Reallity: emerging croatian painters, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria

2010 45th Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

2010 30th Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia

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