Zen Contemporary Art Gallery

The Mask of God's Image

The Gallery is managed by an art historian who graduated Business of Art at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she expanded her knowledge of the contemporary art and achieved new cognitions necessary for the work in museums, galleries, private and corporative art collections as well as the knowledge of planning and organizing art exhibitions.
The aim of the Gallery is the support of young emerging artists and confirmation of already renowned ones, planning and organizing art exhibitions in Croatia and abroad, cooperation with foreign galleries, participation in international art fairs of contemporary art and promotion of Croatian contemporary art at the international art market.
For the moment being the gallery deals with well established young Croatian artists who have already been recognized at the Croatian art scene and Croatian art market. Those are the artists that haven't abandoned the figurative component of painting, intertwining traditional painting with abstraction in a special way, giving their works a new dimension and a recognizability that separates them from their collegues.
Zen Contemporary Art Gallery also offers an art advisory service. Buying a quality object of art is an excellent investment at the same time, something timelessly valuable that stays in heritage and gives a positive image of its proprietor. A well chosen object of art can transform a home or office space giving it a special individuality and style. Art enriches us, making the world around us more beautiful and more valuable, it...
Matko Vekić was born in 1970 in Zagreb, Croatia. He has graduated painting at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 1995. He has received several awards as an artist, stayed on a several study tours (India, Turkey, Japan,..) and was a part of many art colonies. He had many solo exhibitions in Croatia and abroad including Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Frieburg (Germany), Graz, London, Paris, Istambul, Luxemburg. His works belong to a number of museums, galleries, private and corporate art collections in Croatia and abroad. He is a member of Croatian Association of Visual Artists.

The artist has formed a distinctive artistic expression and has taken a place among the most prominent artists of the younger generation in Croatia. Although he clearly remains committed to the traditional medium of painting, he does not perceive it as something hermetic and set apart from contemporaneity and the impact of other media. In his work he uses different motifs (cars, insects, goldfish, women terrorists, ...) to problematize and ironize the state of the contemporary society. With his works he does not want to shock the viewer but rather through a gradual process of understanding that what is shown to compel the viewer to think, on a kind of journey inward. It is precisely at the crossroads between the inner and the outer, in the space between scene and experience. Mixing of surreal elements and motifs from the main stream culture with scenes from daily life is a recognizable determinant of the painter’s strong works. Vekić is an artist whose mastery over the...