Zdenko KrticZdenko Krtic

Zdenko Critique at Work


My work is a complex sedimentation of images, experiences, thoughts, and responses. My paintings and drawings deal with notions of boundaries/finiteness and with probing the imperfect knowledge behind human inquiry, which seeks to identify these boundaries. The focus is on representations of our bodies and the land that we inhabit in times of distress and recovery. These anonymous portraits are placed within a map or a chart or in some kind of divided or contested territory. The clean divisions among parts (accomplished through laser cutting) suggest irrational/absurd and unreachable states. The content (referencing disillusion and disintegration of body and land) and the process (burning, layering, melting, cutting, and re-connecting) are ecologically inseparable.

Other, more meditative states are explored through images of scaffoldings and other temporary constructs that change and alter the artifacts they cover, and through images of screens that blur that what is behind them, or that receive imagery via multiple projections.

There are multiple and divergent roots to these interests: my own experience of a war-torn land; notions of boundaries/finiteness; the seductive beauty of natural and built environments; weather phenomena and weathering. In the forefront of these influences is my fascination with the potential of any creative process to reveal the existence of the uncommon and even extraordinary patterns in the daily and the mundane.


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Zdenko Krtic is a visual artist who works primarily with the encaustic painting process on panels and on paper. His creative interest extends to the medium of photography, which he approaches as both an autonomous process and as a painting component. In the latter, imagery is fragmented and incorporated into the painting by means of laser engraving and cutting, and sometimes through relief printing and transfers.

His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, including exhibitions in Croatia and Denmark. Venues in the United States include the Hunter Museum of American Art (Chattanooga, TN), Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA), Alaska State Museum (Juneau, AS), Huntsville Museum (Huntsville, AL), Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum (LaGrange, GA), Montgomery Museum of Fine Art (Montgomery, AL), and Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA).

Zdenko Krtic has received many grants and awards, including an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship for 2008-09 and an Excellence in Research Award from Auburn University in 2007. He completed two artist residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, in 2007 and 2009. A dual citizen of Croatia and the United States, Krtic holds a BFA degree from the Zagreb Art Academy and an MFA degree from the University of Cincinnati.


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