Damir Mataušić
Pegasus, 1998
silver-plated bronze
13x24x17 cm

Damir Mataušić graduated in sculpture in 1979 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (under Professor Želimir Janeš), where he has been teaching since 1996. Mataušić’s sculptures feature a specific expression and a distinct aesthetics, which he has been applying successfully in several mediums of sculpture – ranging from medals, coins, livery collars and honours to small free-standing sculptures, reliefs and public monuments, from intimist and official to public and sacral sculptures displaying Mataušić’s deep perception and exceptional dedication during the process of sculpting. A feature of Mataušić’s work is the use of several types of materials, which are dominated by polished metals modelled with technical precision in inventive compositions. His oeuvre synthesises historical and cultural legacies without depriving artistic creativity of its dignity, wherein lies the value of his work.

Small free-standing sculptures of an intimist poetics, and of dynamic content and playful forms in which he brings to life his genuine perceptions, and an abundance of ideas and associations represent a special segment of Damir Mataušić’s oeuvre. He creates them enthusiastically, like an alchemist of joy. His mobile Pegasus statuette from 1998 is a modernised representation of the mythical winged horse as an amusing combination of the body of this noble animal with the wings of a biplane and wheels on its legs, modelled like a toy in children’s fantasies about flying.

Text: Tatijana Gareljić, museum consultant of the National Museum of Modern Art © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Translated by: Ana Janković
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb

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