Ivan Rabuzin

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Ivan Rabuzin
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Born (1921-03-27)March 27, 1921
Ključ (part of Novi Marof),
Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died December 18, 2008(2008-12-18) (aged 87)
Varaždin, Republic of Croatia
Nationality Croatian
Known for Painting
Movement Naïve art

Ivan Rabuzin (27 March 1921 – 18 December 2008)[1] was a Croatian naïve artist.

Rabuzin's father was a miner, and Ivan was the sixth of his eleven children. Ivan worked as a carpenter for many years, and did not begin painting until 1956, when he was thirty-five years old. He had little formal training as an artist, but his first exhibition of paintings proved successful and he changed careers, becoming a professional painter in 1962.[2]

Rabuzin's paintings included Avenue and My Homeland.[3] He was active in politics as a member of Croatian Democratic Union, and from 1993 to 1999 he was also a member of the Croatian Parliament (in the second and third assemblies). He took a stab at industrial design in the 1970s with a 500-piece run of the upscale Suomi tableware by Timo Sarpaneva that Rabuzin decorated for the German Rosenthal porcelain maker's Studio Linie.[4]

Rabuzin died 18 December 2008 in a hospital in Zagreb, Croatia.[1]

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