In the small village of Gola, in the heart of Prekodravlje, is situated Gallery Ivan Večenaj - brought by Croatian naive art.
In the small village of Gola, in the heart of Prekodravlje in Croatia, is situated Gallery Ivan Večenaj. Gallery has expanded in 2007 and now in a representative area of 250m2 you can see a large number of paintings oil on glass and canvas, as well as drawings and watercolours museum’s worth which Ivan Večenaj preserved for future generations as well as a large number of photos of his life. Croatian Naive artist Ivan Večenaj – Tišlarov was born on May 18th 1920 in the village Gola located between the river Drava and the Hungarian border in the so-called Prekodravlje, in a peasant family, the first child of six brothers .
With a group ZEMLJA (EARTH) him at that time no one connected , and he did not know about her until after World War II when he coneccted with Ivan Generalić and Krsto Hegedušić in Hlebine.So his first exhibition was in 1954th in Koprivnica with painters from Hlebine. Since then Ivan Večenaj exhibited independently and shared throughout the world as one of the most important representatives of Hlebine School and artists of Croatian naive art . Through 60 years of creativity most painted oil paintings on glass that are specific to the Croatian naïve inverse method of painting . Many of his paintings are in private collections , museums and galleries worldwide , including the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome. He has exhibited throughout Croatia and the former Yugoslavia , Milan, Turin , Paris, San Francisco, Florida , Japan, Munich, Basel , Monte Carlo, New York, etc. He has received many awards and honors .
His image- Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse -came out in London THE BIBLE IN 20th CENTURY ART – where his painting was with greatest living and dead artists of the world , as well as Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Bibife , Kokoschka and others.
Gallery-museum offers its visitors an insight into 50 years of creativity of Ivan Večenaj – Tišlarov and Croatian naive art.
Gallery also offers purchase original watercolors, reproductions, prints and souvenirs for visitors and fans of Croatian Naive Art.
Visits to gallery, individual or group, can be accomplished any day with prior notification to the contact number or email.