Dusan Dzamonja was a contemporary Croatian sculptor of Macedonian ancestry. Dzamonja draws primarily in chalk and uses the technique of washed ink. He has used many materials, from bronze and iron to wood, glass, concrete and polyester in his sculptures. "He developed new ways of using traditional materials; he reconciled the intractability of metal to the fluidity and animation of nature; and , without resorting to narrative, he imbued his architectural monuments with the sensation of human presence..." Jasia Reinchard
Education and Career
Dzamonija began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1945 under the professors Vanja Radaus, Frano Krsinic and Antun Augustincic. In 1951 he graduated in the master class of professor Antun Augunstincic. From 1951 to 1953 he worked in the Krsinic workshop. In 1954 he held his first solo exhibition in the Salon ULUH in Zagreb. In 1970, he began the construction of his house and workshop in Vrsar, Istria according to his own design.
Sculptures and Works
His works are in numerous public and private collections, museums and galleries in the country and abroad. His most notable works Park of Sculptures near Vrsar, Croatia, WW II Monument to the Revolution (1967) in Podgaric, Croatia. He has designed many monumental memorial complexes. These include: The Revolution Memorial in Podgaric, The Memorial Monument in Mrakovica, The Memorial Ossuary to the Fallen Yugoslav Soldiers of the First and Second World Wars in southern Italy, Barletta. As well he designed a number of monuments to the Partisans and victims of concentration camps, most notably the Memorial Ossuary at Barletta, near Ban (completed 1970) and the Monument to the Battle of Kozara (completed 1972).
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