Family Photo, 1991
part 1: 184 x 36 x 35 cm
part 2: 80 x 20 x 130 cm
part 3: 162 x 13 x 127 cm
part 4: 92 x 40 x 55 cm
part 5: 86 x 42 x 37 cm
In 1986, Štimac obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree – Department of Sculpture, at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Rijeka, and in 1988 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Marija Ujević. In 1993, he received specialist training at the Higher School of Applied Arts in Vienna. He participated in various local and international art colonies and has exhibited at about a hundred group exhibitions at home and abroad. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions, he is the recipient of several art awards. Among them is the Modern Gallery Purchase Award for the work Family Photo, exhibited as part of the 4th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture in 1991.
The creativity and curiosity of Goran Štimac, unencumbered by traditional sculptural postulates, resulted in heterogenous experiments searching for an authentic artistic expression. The suggestive and symbolic work Family Photo is conceived as a group of five elements composed of roughly hewn wooden beams, planks and laths of simple and solid modelling. The archetypal forms of materialised children’s drawings, infantile figuration and playful objects take us back to the familial environment of childhood.
Text: Tatijana Gareljić, Museum advisor of the National Museum of Modern Art © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb
Translated by: Robertina Tomić
Photo: Goran Vranić © National Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb