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Mirko Horvat

Mirko Horvat was born in 1955 in the village of Ždala, Croatia. He inherited his love of nature and painting from his father, Josip Horvat-Zhdalski, one of the first post-war naive artists in the region. He began painting in early childhood and mastered the technique of painting with oil on glass. The press described him as “a fourteen-year-old marvel of art.” Later, his style developed under the influence of Mijo Kovacic’s work. Between 1969 and 1984, the young artist gained enviable professional experience: solo exhibitions in Germany (Dusseldorf, Munich, Konstanz, Freiburg, etc.), in Italy (Rome, Milan, Rimini, Bari, etc.), as well as a large number of exhibitions in Croatia. Gradually the bright palette is replaced by soft, pastel colors, the artist focuses on depicting the landscape of his region and his native nature, scenes from the ordinary rural life of a Croatian village. Mirko has more than 40 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 200 group events. He is rightly considered one of the best landscape artists of contemporary Croatian naive art. He is currently a viticulturist and independent artist.