About the artist:
Franjo Filipovic was born in 1930 in Hlebine, Croatia, where he has lived all his life. He spent a lot of time in circles of first generation Croatian naïve artists such as Krsto Hegedušic, Franjo Mraz, Mirko Virius and his uncle Ivan Generalic. They all gathered as part of the group/forum “Zemlja” (meaning Earth) since 1930. He had his first exhibition in 1946. He painted village scenes, landscapes, and still lives over approximately his 50-year career, when his health stopped him. Born October 2, 1930, in a Hlebine Podravina (Yugoslavia). has completed four classes of elementary school. farmer. paints since 1946. and member of the primitive painters scoula Hlebine. lives and works in Hlebine. exhibiting since 1946. solo exhibitions: 1959 beograd (Atelje 212), Zemun (narodni muzej) zagreb 1966 (galerija primitvne umjetnosti) 1967 Munich (Galerie Neuhaus) exhibitions abroad: 1961 london, edinburgh 1962, tunis, lenjingrad, Moskva 1963, budimpesta, bec, badgodesberg, dortmund, new york, 1964 reclinghausen Darmstadt, Hamburg, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh, Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Zurich, 1965 london, zurich, 1966 Frankfurt / Main, Höchst, bratislava (1. triennial); 1967 essen, zurich, 1968 Amsterdam, Groningen, Nurnberg, mexico, 1969 Mainz, bratislava (2. triennial), Williamsburg (Virginia), Muskegon (Michigan) 1970 Calgary (albrta), Laramie (Wyoming).