Cultural Parallels
Recent Drawings and Paintings of
ANTE SARDELIC

15 – 30 Oktober 2008

Opening
Hari / Date:
Tuesday, 15 Oktober 2008
Time: 19.30 WIB

Pameran akan diresmikan oleh / The Exhibition will be officiated by
Mr. Alexander Broz
Duta Besar Republik Croatia untuk Republik Indonesia

Tempat / Venue :
Cemara 6 Galeri
Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No: 9 – 11. Menteng
Jakarta Pusat

Pameran akan berlanjut hingga /
The Exhibition will be held until
30 Oktober 2008.
Dibuka untuk Umum / Open to public from 11.00 – 17.00 WIB

RSVP:
Etty, 62 – 21 3911823 Fax: 62 – 21 3918761

This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Cemara 6 Galeri, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Indonesia and the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia.

Croatian-Canadian sculptor, painter, and printmaker was born on February 3, 1947 in Blato, on the island of Korcula in Croatia. He graduated from the school of Applied Arts in Split in 1968 and from the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture in Zagreb (he studied under Krsto Hegedusic, Grga Antunac, Valerje Micheli) in 1971. In 1972 he moved to Canada and settled in Toronto where he still lives and works as a professional artist.

Ante Sardelic
CULTURAL PARALLELS
RECENT DRAWINGS & PAINTINGS

CEMARA 6 GALERI
JAKARTA, INDONESIA
OCTOBER 15 – OCTOBER 30. 2008.

This project is dedicated to the nations and cultures of south America, who have through the years provided me with many wonderful opportunities to exhibit my work in their galleries and museums.

Throughout my life my Mediterranean heritage has served as the chief catalyst for my art. The spirit and culture of the region has provided me with a deep source of inspiration to draw from. My most recent work has intensified the integration of multicultural influences into my art.

Through my numerous travels around the globe, I have become fascinated with the rich visual traditions which have fueled the art of ancient cultures such as the Incas, the Mayas, as well as remarkable art of ancient indigenous North American and African tribal societies. Each has contributed something specific and essential to my current and evolving body of work.

It is my belief that this cross-cultural flow of ideas and aesthetics, from one region to another has become a part of our share global reality. My work seeks to reflect this, promoting and nurturing a kind of cross-cultural embrace of ideas and aesthetics.

We all share the inspirations of our ancestors, toward a hopeful future for themselves, and their community, goals toward which all people strive for, from generation to generation, irrespective of cultural background.
So through my art, I seek to bridge the distance of time, between the experiences of our ancient ancestors, through to our contemporary reality, which in many essential, human aspects, I argue is not wholly that different.

The art of the ancients, with their enraptured mysticisms, and reflections on the nature of mortality and the infinite still posses the power to deeply affect us. Reflected in their work is a profoundly spiritual creative force, one that is still evident in the best of contemporary art as well. The never ending regenerative cycle of live in the universe, is a process that art must also go through to remain alive and vital, to remain connected to our most essential human instinct and impulse. By freeing humanity of inhibitive dogmas and negative politics, we can move forward together, toward a richer spectrum of spirituality. The enactment of a future based around the sacred principals of peace and human dignity.

Ante Sardelic, Toronto, March 2008.

This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Cemara 6 Galeri, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Indonesia and the Embassy of Canada in Indonesia.

The CULTURAL PARALLELS will be touring galleries and museums throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Far East and Australia.

ANTE SARDELIC

Croatian_Canadian sculptor, painter, and printmaker was born on February 3, 1947 in Blato, on the island of Kor_ula in Croatia. He graduated from the school of Applied Arts in Split in 1968 and from the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture in Zagreb (he studied under Krsto Hegedusic, Grga Antunac, Valerje Micheli) in 1971. In 1972 he moved to Canada and settled in Toronto where he still lives and works as a professional artist.

Already as a student Sardelic mounted one-man exhibitions. He worked on relief and mosaics for public places. He traveled abroad to study. Initially he learned towards sculpture in stone, wood and bronze, as well as mosaics. Vitality of movement in sculpture and dynamism of color in printing were characteristic of this period. On arrival to Canada Sardeli_’s palette propelled in the direction of the new surroundings, new inspirations, using acrylic in which the harmony of organic geometry and mythological symbolism first appeared. Similar developments occurred in his sculpture. In 1976 Sardeli_ worked on murals. He experimented with new materials in graphics and painting, discovering individual technical means for his artistic expression. The presence of erotic forms in a vivid polyphony of color marked the passionate expression of the new environment and time, thus becoming the focal point of the cosmography of his perception.

Since 1978 Sardelic has often spent time in the United States, Mexico, Columbia, argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, where he came into contact with the ancient cultures of North and South America. This experience is reflected in his work’s search for new growth in the form of evolving expressiveness by capturing and arousing global coexistence in a happy union of man’s primordial intuitions and the flow of the universal energy of live.

Sardelic has been exhibiting continually since 1969 in museums and galleries throughout the world, including Canada, United States, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Poland, Indonesia, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, united Kingdom, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Germany, Croatia and Australia, by participating in many international exhibitions and biennials where he received numerous awards and honors. To date he has had seventy three one-man exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Mexico City, Caracas, Bogotá, Ottawa, Hamilton (Canada), Toronto, Canberra, Fremantle, Frankfurt, Windsor (Canada), Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago, Punta Arenas, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Dubrovnik, Hamburg, Pech, Seattle, Lima, Washington, and he participated in over one hundred and fifty group exhibitions.

With the support of the Canadian Council and National Museums of Canada in 1984 he mounted a large one-man exhibition in the Art Gallery of Hamilton. In 1987 he participated in eleven international exhibitions and biennials. With the sponsorship of the Government of Canada he put on a comprehensive one-man traveling exhibition in 1988 in the museums and galleries of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1989 he was chosen Artist of the Year by the Canadian-Croatian Artist’s Society in Toronto. He also executed a large mosaic commissioned by a private collector. In 1994 he spent a short period of time in Australia. In 1995 the Government of the Republic Croatia awarded him the Order of the Croatian Danica for outstanding merits in the field of culture.

Ante Sardelic is a member of various artist societies throughout the world. He is included in numerous international publications and “Who is Who”. He has been writing poetry since his student days. The ten years of his artistic endeavor have been dedicated to the project the Eternal homeland. The first exhibition of The Eternal Homeland took place at the Museum Mimara in Zagreb, 1997. The event was held under the high patronage of the President of the Republic of Croatia Dr. Franjo Tudman and the Croatian Parliament. At the time Croatian Television produced a documentary on The Eternal Homeland and the life of the artist.

In 2003 Ante Sardelic completed eight and a half square meters stone relief mural “The Life Journey of Blessed Marija of the Crucified Jesus Petkovi_” in her Sanctuary in Blato, Croatia. In 2005 he was invited to participated at First International paint Biennial in Lima, Peru, as the guest artist with the one-man exhibition Eternal Homeland. In 2006 he completed a stone relief for the altar for the Croatian Church, Toronto, Canada.

Sardelic work can be found in galleries, museums, and private collections the world over.

2 Responses to “Ante Sardelic”

  1. ana Says:

    is there any way i can come into contact with him, im currently in my final year at OCAD in toronto, and i work in the same theme as ante, i would love to see what hes doing any shoes in canada/Hrvatska i tako dalje thank you

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