Braco Bravacic



Paintings by Braco Bravacic

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Painting by Braco Bravacic Painting by Braco Bravacic Painting by Braco Bravacic Painting by Braco Bravacic  
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Braco Bravacic was born in Dubrovnik in 1926. After elementary and grammar school in Dubrovnik he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture within the Belgrade University. During his studies he devoted extra time to drawing and watercolor painting under professors Samojlov and Strala. He has received his degree in 1954 and was busy for some time as a graphic designer, after which time he moved to Sarajevo. Until 1959 he worked as an architect, designed furniture, outfitted books, arranged exhibitions and painted murals. In 1959 he returned to his native Dubrovnik and from that time onwards, together with Vera, his wife and an architect too, he designed some of the landmarks of his city.

As a member of the Association of the Applied Artists of Croatia he designed catalogues, prospectuses, posters and similar. Bravacic bought a little shop in Dubrovnik Jewish Street very close to the oldest European synagogue and turned it into a vibrant studio in which he made linocuts exhibited at his one-man show in Dubrovnik in 1964. Bravacic become a member of the Croatian Fine Arts Association in 1971. Besides architecture and city planning he made graphics on a self constructed silk-screen, painted oils and created collages.

Until 1985 he took part at the group exhibitions of the Croatian Fine Arts Association. From 1981 to 1985 he studied at the prestigious correspondence school of yacht design in Stamford U.S.A. from which he got his diploma as a yacht designer. For the last ten years he has been painting temperas with various themes, but his central inspiration remains the beautiful ambience of beloved Dubrovnik. In August of 2002 the famous gallery "Stradun" from Dubrovnik has hosted 53 colorful temperas created by this artist, and most recently, showed his latest work in April 2006.



Read Milica's essay on Braco's work...