Martina Grlić

Martina Grlić was born in 1982 in Zagreb where she graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 2009. Since 2008 she has been presenting her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions both at home and abroad (France, Poland, China, Italy, Austria). She has received various awards, including the 2017 HPB award for best young artist and Erste Grand Prix for Best Painting in 2012. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) and the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association (HZSU).

Martina is a member of the younger generation of Croatian painting which is focusing on figurative painting. The young artist tries to use the most realistic way possible to recreate scenes from the past in her paintings and translate the moments from old photographs to her canvases. Her photorealistic paintings are focused on memories of a past period and reflect the changes that have occurred and are still occurring within the post-socialist society. Her paintings usually depict scenes from everyday life in the past—women working in factories, children’s toys, everyday items, as well as important historical personalities and events from her childhood. Although she deals with the elements from past throughout her works, Martina’s painting is modern in concept and execution. In her artwork, the artist addresses the problems of today’s society, explores the history and seeks to understand the roots of the world she is living in.

Solo Exhibitions
2016. Simulaker gallery, Slovenia
2015. “Product”, gallery Poola, Pula, Croatia
“Product”,Museum of Mali lošinj, Mali Lošinj
“Better than reality”, gallery Zuccato, Poreč
“Product” gallery Josip Račić, Zagreb
2013. “Factory” gallery Karas, Zagreb
2012. “World to come” gallery Događanja, Zagreb
2011. “Atomic Landscapes#2” gallery Cekao, Zagreb
“Atomic Landscapes”, gallery SC, Zagreb

Group exhibitions
2016. Maringer Galerie, Sankt Poelten, Austrija “Junge Kunst aus Kroatien”
2016. Ex Fornace, Milano, “Il rittorno alla figurazione”, Zen Contemporary Art Gallery
2015. Exhibition at Ningbo Museum of Art , China
2014. “Mundus vadit retro” KIBLA, Maribor Slovenia
32nd Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
“New croatian realism”, HAZU, Zagreb
2nd Biennal of painting, HDLU, Zagreb
53rd Porečki annale “Art must be beautiful”, Poreč
48th Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
T-HT prize, Museum of contemporary art, Zagreb
2012.“PARS PRO TOTO”, Loft Sevigne, Paris
31st Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
Erste Fragments 8, MSU, Zagreb
2011. “The other reallity: emerging croatian painters”, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna
1st Biennal of painting. HDLU, Zagreb
2010. 22nd Slavonia Biennal, GLUO, Osijek
45th Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
30th Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
2009. Girl Power fest Koprivnica
2008. “Transfer of magic”, gallery Forum, Zagreb
“Marin Držić drawings”, Dubrovnik summer games, Dubrovnik

2012. New fragments 8, Erste grand prix for best painting

Residency programs
2014. Glo’art , Belgium