Vladimir Biga / [email protected]
My artistic work has an autobiographical character. I attempt to express certain important moments, personal inclinations or inspirations through artistic activity, in this manner reliving the emotions tied to them. Creating paintings or graphic art, I am expressing some of the moments that touched me, or an inclination towards certain life habits, routines, or objects that inspire me.
Computers and computer games have made a deep impression on me. As a witness to the development of computer graphics from rough black and white shapes to the present visually rich computing environment in which the observer can merge with the environment in real time, I realize that the ideas are the same, while the technical capabilities are improved. I like to play old computer games because they remind me of my childhood and adolescence. They inspire in me the happiness I experienced playing as a child.
Geometry and its myriad forms have a great influence on me, along with the avant-garde movement and certain works that were potent in the former Yugoslavia: New Tendencies, Exat51, the works of Ivan Picelj, Vjenceslav Richter, and Julije Knifer. The very pixel-square, the basis of computer graphics, has placed rectangular boundaries to my expression. If I must choose between a circle and a square, I chose the square and its sharp boundaries.
My favorite techniques are computer graphics, acrylics, linocut and improvisational techniques in graphics such as printing with a roller. I work a lot in the computer graphic technique, as the computer allows me to realize my idea the quickest. Paper is my favorite surface, which I consider a noble surface that bears everything and constantly shows the content it carries.
I often create a cycle with a large number of works by combining and elaborating one basic pattern. At the end, I change and remove from such a base of works until I compose a selection with which I am satisfied and that adequately represents the fundamental idea. Sometimes I do not create in a planned manner, rather I develop patterns to the point where I feel they are done and I cannot improve them further.
I also like strong contrasts of colors that also have their roots in early computer games, because computers then had a limited number of colors and all were very saturated, so as to acquire the necessary contrast for visual expression. I love minimalism, because we live in a visually oversaturated world. By utilizing small interventions, I try to provide an initial spark to the viewers so they can experience the work of art in the way that best suits them.
1998 B. Sc. - Faculty of Graphics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
2005 M. Sc. - Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb, Croatia
2010 Verified 2 years program for creative painter, School of arts, creativity and design-Studio Tanay, Zagreb, Croatia
2013 Continuous attending art classes under monitoring of Petra Grozaj, B. FA.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
I am member of Croatian Association of Artists.
STAND ALONE EXHIBITIONS
2004 "Structure a la carte", The Klovićevi dvori art gallery, Zagreb, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 511 kb)
2006 “This is Japan”, Matica hrvatska gallery, Zagreb, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 217 kb)
2006 "Prague's underground", Italian's Community gallery, Mošćenička Draga, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 469 kb)
2007 "Communication breakdown", Močvara club, Zagreb – click for catalogue (pdf 144 kb)
2008 "Promises and waist", Student's centre, Caffe bar ITD Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 225 kb)
2010 "Jet Set Vlado", Happenings gallery, Zagreb, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 2.3 mb)
2011"Sex & graphics", Modulor gallery, Zagreb, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 4.3 mb)
2011 "Chaotic tetris", Peek&Poke Museum of information technology, Rijeka, Croatia – click for catalogue (pdf 5.7 mb)
2017 "Pixel Art Cowboys", Museum of modern and contemporary art, Mali Salon gallery, Rijeka, Croatia - click for catalogue (pdf 0.9 mb)
Extracts from printed media (pdf 11.4 mb)
Extract from television (wmv 9.2 mb)
2003 The third Croatian Prints Triennial, HDLU Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 4th Lessedra World Art print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
2005 The third Drava Art Annual, Gallery Koprivnica, Koprivnica, Croatia
2005 "Asylum” Centre for Piece studies, Public library Zagreb, Croatia
2006 “Print to Art” Croatian Association of Artists of Istra, MMC Luka gallery, Pula, Croatia
2006 “://selfportrait - a show for Bethlehem”, Cave Art gallery Bethlehem, Israel
2006 Digital Fringe Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2006 The fourth Drava Art Annual, Gallery Koprivnica, Koprivnica, Croatia
2007 namaTRE.ba, exhibition of contemporary video art and photography, Trebinje, Bosnia&Herzegovina, 2007
2007 6th Lessedra World Art print Annual, Sofia, Bulgaria
2009 Exhibition of College for art education Tanay, Croatian School Musem, Zagreb, Croatia
2011 2nd Croatian Selfportrait Triennale, Prica Gallery, PUO Samobor, Samobor, Croatia
2012 International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland
2012 The sixth Croatian Prints Triennial, HDLU Gallery, Zagreb, 2012
2012 30th anniversary of ZX Spectrum, Peek&Poke Museum of information technology, Rijeka, Croatia
2012 Annual exhibition of Croatian Association of Artists, HDLU, Zagreb, 2012
2014 Pop up exhibition “Red/Blue”, City of Krk, island Krk, Croatia
2014 17th exhibition of miniature, Association of art makers Zaprešić, Zaprešić, Croatia
2014 17th exhibition of miniature, Gallery “Đuro Jakšić’s house”, Belgrade, Serbia
2014 17th exhibition of miniature, Art salon, Cultural centre of Novi Sad, Serbia
2015 VIth triennale exhibition of Passion inheritance, Gallery Morh, Zagreb, Croatia
ARTWORKS IN COLLECTIONS
Gallery Koprivnica, Koprivnica, Croatia
Department of Prints and Drawings, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art, Zagreb, Croatia
International Print Triennial Society, Krakow, Poland