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Croatia - HIPP
Josip Zanki was born in Zadar on 14th March 1969. He grew up in the village of Privlaka, North West of Zadar, in a family of fishermen and farmers. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1994 (class of Professor Miroslav Šutej) with a thesis entitled Mysticism in the Artistic Practice of J. Beuys and an experimental series of etchings New Machines, a remake of the research conducted by the Croatian renaissance scientist Faust Vrancic. Since 1986 he has been working on installations, performances, experimental film and video, research into graphic media and cultural anthropology. He received numerous prizes for his work. His involvement in archaeology has resulted in a collection of 200 prehistoric and mediaeval objects relating to mystical and occult religious practices. He is also interested in the phenomena of the Velebit mountain range; Mirila, valleys, enchanted forests and the existence and the influence of elemental beings on the myth and the reality of this region. He has realized numerous individual and collective exhibitions with other artists in Croatia and abroad. Since December 2007 he is president of Croatian artist association, oldest association in Croatia and region, established 1868. Since 2011 he is member of European Cultural Parliament. He teaches in University of Zadar. He live and works in Zagreb and Zadar.
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