Zoran Music

1909 - 2005


Gorizia (Slovenia), 1909 – Venice (Italy), 2005

Painter of isolation and silence, he is one of the most representative and unique artists of the second half of the 20th century and one of those who has best known how to achieve pictorially the struggle between the anguish of life and hope. He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb but left a year later to attend private classes with the Croatian Lubjo Babic.

Venetian by adoption, Music from the beginning was interested and captivated by the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele as well as by the plastic possibilities that Byzantine art offered. For him, artistic creation was the true reason for his life. Even so, as the artist himself recognizes, the only “school” in which he truly trained artistically was the Dachau Concentration Camp school, where he had to spend a long time living with death.

This experience marked him forever and left its mark on practically all of his pictorial series, especially the one titled “We are not the last” that began in 1970. We have to place his artistic career between Venice and Paris. It was precisely in Paris at the beginning of the 60s where Music was seduced by abstract painting, a painting that he himself finally ended up rejecting because it did not contribute anything and he decided to recover the figure.

In Paris he also began his important relationship with the Galerie de France, thanks to which he began to consolidate his presence in the international market. Zoran Music dies in Venice at the age of 96.