Izvor Pende studied since 1998 at the Fine Art Academy in Düsseldorf. In 2002 he was in the masterclass of Professor Karin Rissa, where in the same year he obtained the Art Academy prize. In the beginning of his artistic career Pende focussed primarily on figurative painting. Although the abstract pictures that the artist paints today are no less figurative, Pende has expanded successively into a whole new exploration of the pictorial space, expanded the range of his colours by harmoniously combining them. In 2017 the artist started an artistic dialogue with the German painter Daniel Richter in the collaboration project Swimming Together, where the co-produced exhibition of their works toured museums in Croatia (MOMAD Museum of Fine Art of Split in 2017, MSU Museum of contemporary Art of Zagreb and MMSU Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka in 2018). Izvor Pende participated in numerous exhibitions in Croatia, Germany and the USA. The works of the artist are part of private collections, such as the Gabriele Henkel-collection, Düsseldorf, and British American Tobacco-collection, Hamburg.
He lives and works in Dubrovnik.
Slaven Tolj is one of the most famous artists on the Croatian contemporary art scene. His radical and minimalist practice involving performance, photography, ready-made, situations and objects deals with specific social facts and historical events. At the beginning of his career, in the 1990s, he focused on the situation in his own country, on the collapse of Yugoslavia, the war in Croatia, especially on the siege of Dubrovnik, his home town. Later, in the post-totalitarian context, he develops a broader scope of research that includes topics related to globalization and multiculturalism. Tolj staged a number of performances as well as actions and participated in numerous exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. In 1988, Slaven Tolj founded the Art Workshop Lazareti, one of the most active places of contemporary Croatian art practice, focusing on the interaction between contemporary art and social change which has significantly influenced the visibility and affirmation of the contemporary Croatian visual art scene. He is the director of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka and the artistic director of Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020.
He lives and works in Rijeka and Dubrovnik.
Marijana Pende graduated in sculpture and installation with Roberto Pozzobon and contemporary music with Nicola Cisternino at the Fine Art Academy in Venice in 2008. She was invited to a residency at the German Kulturamt Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main. Pende exhibited her works at Gallery Prsten, Croatian Association of Artists in Zagreb and at the Museum of Modern Art of Dubrovnik. She took part at the show Atelier Aperti at 51. Biennale di Venezia with the best students of Fine Art Academies of Italy, and in several shows as Classroom #01 at Museo Madre, Naples; Refuses at Arsenale in Venice; Emotion to cohabit, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti in Verona and Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Glyptotheque, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb (in 2012, 2015, 2018). Marijana Pende had solo show at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Glyptotheque Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb, Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria in Pula, Museum of Modern Art of Dubrovnik, Palazzo Costanzi in Trieste, Museum of Fine Art in Split.
She lives and works in Dubrovnik.