Matko Vekić

Matko Vekić was born in 1970 in Zagreb. His academic positions include the Assistant Professor from 2007-2011 and the Associate Professor from 2011-present at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. Since 1995, he had 35 solo exhibitions (Croatia, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina). He participated in the running of art colonies in Croatia and abroad. His work was featured in Croatian artists’ exhibitions at international art events. Matko studied in Japan, Turkey and India (twice).

Matko’s work was met with critical acclaim at various occasions, notably in Zagreb, 2001 (the annual Croatian Artists Association award), Lissone, 2003 (Premio Lissone), at the 10th and the 12th International Cairo Biennale in 2006 and 2010, and was also represented at the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. In 2003, he received the Annual ‘’Filip Trade’’ Prize for contemporary art in Zagreb, and in 2005, the Art Pavilion put on a major exhibition of his work, entitled Animal Circle- the Zodiac Circle.
In the recent years, Matko has been channelling his trademark power of composition and dynamics into media ranging from prismatic screens painted with a mixture of oil, wax and varnish to cut iron objects, initiating a dialogue with the surrounding reality and offering an engaged interpretation of the symbols, emblems, ornaments and insignia of the contemporary world. Matko Vekić lives and works in Zagreb.

Solo Exhibitions
2013. Rijeka, Gallery Kortil, The Magnetic Burden of Time
Poreč, Gallery Zuccato
2012. Zagreb, Gallery Kranjčar, Ordinary people – Inner happenings
2010. Zagreb, HDLU Gallery Bačva, The cruelty of the circle
Vicenza, Yvonneartecontemporanea, La gravita del tempo
2008. Zagreb, Gliptoteka HAZU, Symbol, sign, emblem, ornament and crime
Zagreb, Cages, Gallery Canvas
2005. Zagreb, Umjetnički paviljon, The animal circle –the zodiac circle
2003. Split, Art Gallery
Dubrovnik, Gallery Sebastian
2001. Zagreb, Studio Josip Račić
BiH,Sarajevo, Gallery Novi hram
2000. BiH, Ljubuški, Art Gallery TMT
1999. Zagreb, Gallery Karas
1998. Zagreb, Gallery Galženica
Zagreb, Gallery CEKAO
1997. Zagreb, Gallery Matice hrvatske
1996. Zagreb, Gallery NOVA
BiH, Mostar, Art Gallery

Group Exhibitions
2016. Maringer Galerie, Sankt Poelten, Austrija “Junge Kunst aus Kroatien”
2015. ArtDepot, Innsbruck
‘The Mask of God’s Image
2013. Leipzig, One-sided Story
Zagreb, Biennale of painting
2011. Cairo 12th Cairo Int. Biennale
Berlin, Preview Berlin – The Emerging Art
Istambul, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Trans-Form in Art Education
Sofija, Trans-Form in Art Education
2009. Venezia, 53. Int. Biennale, ”Dead in Venice or life trough 12 images”
2006. Cairo,10th Cairo Int. Biennale
London, Zagreb, Unframed Landscapes
2003. Lissone, Civica Galleria d’ Arte Contemporanea,
Premio Lissone
2003. Paris, Grands et jeunes d’Aujourd’hui

Art Colonies and Sabbaticals
2013 Leipzig, One-sided Story
2007. India ( Karnataka, Rajasthan)
2006. Slovenija, Kopar
2004. India ( Dehli, Chennai, Mombai )
2003. Mađarska, Tallya, Central European art camp
2001. Turska, Istambul,PI Atworks,Balkan art 2001
1998. Japan (Tokyo,Kyoto,Shizuoka)
Bugarska, Varna, Balkan Art 99

2003. Italy, Lissone, Premio Lissone 03
Zagreb , Annual award Filip-Trade for contemporary art
2001. Zagreb, Annual award of Croatian Artists Association, young artist

Art Fairs
2015. Vienna Art Fair, HO Gallery
2015. Affordable Art Fair, Milano, Zen Contemporary Art Gallery