Artist biography

Edo Murtic born 1921

Yugoslav painter, printmaker and designer born in Velika Pisanica (Croatia). Studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb 1935-9, and at the Zagreb Academy 1939-43. Joined the Partisans 1944-5 and worked as a graphic artist in the liberated territory. In 1946 visited Czechoslovakia and had his first one-man exhibition at the gallery Umelecka Beseda, Prague. From 1948 made various study journeys to the USA, Paris and elsewhere. Started at the beginning of the 1950s to paint very abstracted landscapes in a post-Cubist style with a rhythmical interplay of shapes, afterwards pioneering abstract tachiste painting in Yugoslavia with pictures with misty patches of colour and gestural calligraphic lines. Awarded First Prize in the exhibition Premio Lissone 1963. Has also made murals in mosaic and fresco, made a number of colour lithographs and designed for the theatre. Lives in Zagreb.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.550-1