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Velimir Trnski: ‘A painter sees faster and better than other people’

Famous Croatian painter Velimir Trnski opened his exhibition named simply ‘Trnski in Dubrovnik’ in Sponza Palace.

This is the painter’s fourth time exhibiting in Sponza Palace, and his 116th one-man exhibition, which can be visited every day until September 17th.

”For a very long time, topics are not important to me, because they are all critic’s stories for little kids. Critics are always looking for something that looks like or resembles another, they’re pointing out some period or some art movement so they can write something very important and long in vain. There’s a very honest artistic motto from Leonardo da Vinci – saper vedere – to be able to see, and this is what makes a painter, an artist. A painter, I think, sees faster and better than other people.” Trnski said at the opening.

About Trnski:

Velimir Trnski was born in Podravina (Croatia). From an early age, painting has been his passion and his sole preoccupation. Having studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he did postgraduate studies in graphic art at the Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam.

Through constant travelling he enriched his knowledge by getting acquainted with old painting techniques which he skillfully placed as a counterpoint to new materials and ideas.

Trnski often says that he paints his own life. On his portraits, actual or fictitious, he doesn’t primarily deal with female faces, but he makes a contrast between the thick substance of colour and manifold transparent coats of paint. The drawing that functions as the skeleton of the composition, consists of lines in relief and ornaments, which are later covered by thin layers of paint or gold leaves. In recent years applications of old banknotes appeared as a new means of expression and exploration.

Trnski “glues” dreams and reality on the faces of his models, at the same time almost scientifically exploring the surface of the canvas.

Rational and irrational, past and contemporary, expressively wild in handwriting and photographically realistic, poetical as the smoke and fundamental as the earth is – those are the main characteristics of the painting of Velimir Trnski.

Trnski had many one-man and  group exhibitions in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Croatia, USA, former Yugoslavia and France. Since 1985, he lives and works in Paris.