Izvor Pende was born in Zagreb and grew up in Dubrovnik. The artist began studying sculpture in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb before moving to Germany to study painting at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, receiving his degree in 2002 under Professors Karin Rissa and his master’s degree in 2005. Since 2003, Pende has exhibited individually and collectively at exhibitions in Bonn, Munich, Hannover, Dusseldorf and Hamburg in Germany, Chicago in the United States and Eupena in Belgium. In 2008, Pende won the Bat (British American Tobacco) nomination. He had his first solo exhibition in 2010 in the Barrel Gallery of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists in Zagreb. His next exhibitions followed in 2010 at the Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, then in 2011 in the Glyptotheque HAZU in Zagreb and in 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik. Pende has recently focused on pure abstraction, turning away from his early focus on figurative and landscape paintings. In his new abstract paintings, he retained references to the organic structures and shapes that evoke the ground, which he connects with stripes and geometric forms that create internal tension and dynamic dialogue within the paintings. In 2016, Pende exhibited his abstract works at the Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik.
The artistic dialogue with German painter Daniel Richter began in the project Swimming Together, wherein the two painters showcased their paintings side-by-side in several museums and institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Split in 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka in 2018. In 2019 Izvor Pende presented his solo exhibition Golden Hours at David Richard Gallery in New York, and in the same year Pende participated in the exhibition Point of Interrupted Departures, together with artists Marijana Pende and Slaven Tolj, which was held during the 58th Venice Biennale in the Pavilion Tesa 100 in the Arsenale , 2022 solo exhibition National Museum of Modern Art Zagreb. Izvor Pende’s artworks are kept in the museums and various private collections.
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