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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

19382016 | Zagreb, Croatia
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Croatian painter.

Professor at the Fine Arts Academy of Zagreb, member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art, and considered by critics as the “first female Croatian surrealist,” Nives Kavurić-Kurtović has exhibited in more than a hundred places in Croatia and abroad. She has been awarded several international prizes, including that of the Paris Biennial in 1967. Although notably influenced by surrealism — it would be more accurate to speak of informal influence — her paintings are marked by themes of female, sexual and maternal experiences. The artist explores an autobiographical and unconscious dimension in her free-hand yet precise drawings by releasing her anxieties and traumas. Her darkness is transcended by meditative and analytical practice.

In her early works, influenced by video, such as body painting and living theatre, N. Kavurić-Kurtović uncompromisingly probes the condition of man abandoned in the universe by resorting to the figure of a deformed foetus. Nothing in her work obeys the laws of gravity, or even painting.

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Iva Grgić Maroević

Translated from French by Katia Porro.

From the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices
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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Grlom protiv pjesme [With Our Throats against Singing], 1966, mixed media on cardboard, 50 x 70 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Dvojnost [Duality], 1987, mixed media on canvas, 205 x 138 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Premalo sreće za priču o ljubavi [Not Enough Happiness for a Love Story], 1972, mixed media on canvas, 112 x 140 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Babilonijada upitnika [Babylonian Question Marks], 1965, mixed media on hardboard, 114 x 82 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Letač usahlih krila [Flyer with Withered Wings], 1987, mixed media on canvas, 206 x 137 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Oblik šutnje [Shape of Silence], 1996, mixed media on canvas, 195 x 145 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Okus da, ukus ne [Taste Yes, Taste No], 1965, oil on hardboard, 133 x 79 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Pieta za majku, ženu i …! [Pieta for a Mother, Woman and …!], 1976, mixed media on canvas, 112 x 132 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Recimo hvala [Let Us Say Thank You], 1966, mixed media on paper, 57 x 70 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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Nives Kavurić-Kurtović, Srce zgaženog kažiprsta [The Heart of the Trodden Forefinger], 1967, mixed media on hardboard, 124 x 124 cm, © Nives Kavurić-Kurtović

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