Ivan Rabuzin

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Ivan Rabuzin
Ivan Rabuzin.jpg
Born (1921-03-27)March 27, 1921
Ključ (part of Novi Marof),
Croatia
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. French art critic Anatole Jakovsky described him in 1972 as "one of the greatest naïve painters of all times and countries".[2]

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.[3]

Rabuzin's paintings included Avenue and My Homeland.[4] 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.[5]

Rabuzin stopped painting in 2002 due to an illness.[2] He died on 18 December 2008 in a hospital in Varaždin, Croatia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/247087,croatian-naive-painter-rabuzin-dies-at-87.html
  2. ^ a b http://www.hmnu.hr/en/the_95th_anniversary_of_the_birth_of_ivan_rabuzin/151/5
  3. ^ "Galerie St. Etienne, Ivan Rabuzin". Archived from the original on 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2006-01-14.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  5. ^ [Anon.] (1976). "Faenza-Goldmedaille für SUOMI". Artis. 29: 8. ISSN 0004-3842.

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