Davor VRANKIĆ

Biography

Davor Vrankić, academic painter and graphic artist, was born in 1965 in Osijek.

He studied in the Department of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo from 1986 to 1988 and continued his training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where he graduated in the class of Professor Ante Kuduz. He studied visual art in Paris from 1995 to 1999 at the Paris VIII University, Department of Arts Plastiques.

In the early 1990s, he began to create large-format drawings using a 0.9 2B graphite pencil to explore all of the technical and expressive possibilities of the drawing medium. His imaginative drawings summarize visual experiences from classical painting, comics, film art, photography and 3D computer-generated images.

His works have been presented at many solo and group exhibitions in Paris, New York, Brussels, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, London, Santa Fe, Zagreb, Rijeka, and Osijek.
He has received numerous awards such as; the Prize of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts at the 5th Croatian Drawings Triennial (Departments of Prints and Drawings of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, 2018); the Prize for Incentive in Art (French Academy of Arts, Paris, 2014); the Purchase Prize at the 15th International Exhibition of Drawings (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, 2001); the EX-AEQUO Award at the 17th Slavonian Biennale (Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek, 2000) and the Special Jury Award at the 16th Slavonian Biennale (Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek, 1998).

His works are part of important museum collections around the world, such as MoMA (New York), the Museum of Overholland (Amsterdam), the Teaching Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs New York), the Museum of Art (Ningbo, China), the Contemporary Art Center À cent mètres du centre du monde (Perpignan), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Rijeka), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb), the Modern Gallery (Zagreb) the Museum of Slavonia (Osijek), the Museum of Fine Arts (Osijek) as well in prominent private collections, such as the Ronald S. Lauder Collection (New York) and the Georges Renand Collection (Paris).

He lives and works in Paris.

Exhibitions
Solo

2019 I Promise You a Miracle, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Meeting Point, CAC À cents metrès du centre du monde, Perpignan

2018 On Ugliness – Držić’s Grotesque, House of Marin Držić, Dubrovnik

2016 Que la lumière soit, Gallery Julio Gonzales, Arcueil

2014 La tentation d’éveil, Gallery Da-End, Paris

2013 In the house there were two of us, Gallery Alfa, Paris

2011 La Tendresse de Cyclope, Gallery Alfa, Paris

2010 Love at first sight, Vasváry-Ház, European capital of culture 2010, Pécs
Let me make you real, Mali salon, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
Let me make you real, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek

2009 Let me make you real, Gallery Kranjčar, Zagreb

2008 Go to sleep, you’re too big for a lullabay, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris

2006 Arrivée du Magicien, La Lune en Parachute, Epinal, France
Asphyxia & Scenes from the Interior, The Proposition Gallery, New York

2001 Works on the paper from the The Museum Overholland Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

2000 Drawings, Gallery P.P.O.W, New York
Le Dernier Printemps du Siècle, Bordeaux
Galerie Le Lys, Paris

1999 Drawings, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek
Les Usines Bertheau, Ivry-sur-Seine

1997 Les dessins, La Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris

1995 Les dessins, Galerie de la Ferme du Mousseau, Elancourt, France
Ateliers Thorigny, Paris

Group

2019
Spaces of Landscape, Gallery Prsten, Croatian association of artists, Zagreb
Hommage to V. K., Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek
Fantômes Transitoires, Gallery Belem, Paris
Paper, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles

2018
Luxembourg Art Week 2018, Gallery Mazel, Luxembourg
The Cosmic Garden, Orticolario, Villa Erba, Lago di Como
Le dessin contemporain, Gallery Sens Intérieur, Port Cogolin, Saint-Tropez
Plus one, Project Art Space, New York
La semaine du dessin#2, Gallery Mariska Hammoudi, Paris
Flowers, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles
Loup y es-tu ? Bestiaire et métamorphoses, Le château de Maisons (Maisons-Laffitte), Paris
5th Croatian Drawings Triennial, Department of Drawings and Prints of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences

2017
L’envers du Réel, Gallery 24b, Paris
Bonjour Monsieur Magritte, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles
Mémoires suspendues, Gallery Sabine Detais, Paris
Hey! Gallery Show, Arts Factory, Paris
Arte Fiera Bologna, Gallery Mazel, Bologna

2016
Mues, Gallery 24B, Paris
La vie de château, Gallery Sabine Detais, Paris
We Will Control the Vertical, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
Amsterdam Drawing, Gallery Kers, Amsterdam
Drawing Now Art Fair – Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, édition 10, Gallery Mazel, Paris
L’esprit singulier, Collection Abbaye d’Auberive, La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris
Biennale of painting – Exporting Zagreb, Constructing the Present of Memory, National Museum Gdańsk, Gdansk

2015
La main qui dessinait toute seule, Gallery Magda Danysz, Paris
Blackout, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles
Hommage to a pencil, Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek
Underealism, Gallery Da-End, Paris
Hommage to a pencil, Gallery Josip Račić, Gallery of Modern Art, Zagreb
Every tree stands in silent thought, Gallery Galženica, Zagreb
Who’s afraid of picture(s), CAC À cents metrès du centre du monde, Perpignan
Who’s afraid of picture(s), École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Grenoble
Art Paris, Gallery Da-End, Paris
Drawing here, Gallery Schwab Beaubourg, Paris
Cabinet Da-End 05, Gallery Da-End, Paris

2014
On the paper, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles
Central and East European Artists, Ningbo Museum of Art, Ningbo, China
Art Paris, Grand Palais, Gallery Da-End, Paris
Drawing Now – Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, édition 8, Gallery Mazel, Paris
T-HT Award, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb

2013
SOON, Gallery Mazel, Bruxelles
Under-Realism, CAC À cents metrès du centre du monde, Perpignan
Under-Realism, La plomberie, La Lune en Parachute, Epinal
Fleurs du mal, Gallery Da-End, Paris
18th International Exhibition of Drawings, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
HEY! Modern Art and POP culture, Part II, La Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris
Drawing Now – Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain, édition 7, Gallery Alfa, Paris
Art Paris, Gallery Alfa, Paris

2012
23rd Slavonian Biennale, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek
Hearing Pictures, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York
Summer Group Show, Gallery Samantha Sellem, Paris
Connivences Secrètes, Gallery Topographie de l’art, Paris
Art Paris, Gallery Alfa, Paris

2011
20 ans de Lune en Parachute, La Plomberie, La Lune en Parachute, Epinal
Armory Show, Gallery Alfa, New York
Drawing Now – Le Salon de Dessin Contemporain, édition 5, Gallery Alfa Paris
Inconscients ! Artistes et psychanalyse: Eros & Thanatos, part I, Gallery Alfa, Paris
MELT, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York

2010
Art Bruxelles, Gallery Suzanne Tarasieve, Bruxelles
Riders, Gallery Polad-Hardouin, Paris

2009
3ème Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris
All That Drawing, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
2008
La main qui dessinait toute seule, Gallery Magda Danysz, Paris
4th Croatian Drawings Triennial, Department of Drawings and Prints of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, Zagreb
Art Elysées, foire d’art Moderne & Contemporain, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris
Un oeil sur le dessin, Gallery Alfa, Paris
L’oeil du cyclon, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris

2007
1er Salon du Dessin Contemporain, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris
Raw Goo, Gallery Deborah Zafman, Paris

2006
Block Party, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles
SCOPE, The Proposition Gallery, London
Twice Drawn (Part II), Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York

2005
Dessins pointus, La Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris
The sun rises in the evening, Feature Inc. Gallery, New York

2004
Fifth International SITE Santa Fe Biennial, Disparities & Deformations: Our Grotesque, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003
Mighty Graphitey, Feature Inc.Gallery, New York

2001
New to the Modern: Recent Acquisitions from the Department of Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, New York
15th International Exhibition of Drawings, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka

2000
17th Slavonian Biennale, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek
Promesses, Espace Belleville, Paris
Gallery Béatrice Soulier, Paris

1999
Salon de Juillet, Gallery La Bacheca, Cagliari

1998
L’Art contemporain Croate, Mairie du Paris 6ème, Paris
16th Slavonian Biennale, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek

1996
Gallery Procréart, Paris
Gallery Varnier, Paris

1994
14th Slavonian Biennale, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek

1993
Salon des Indépendants, Grand Palais, Paris

1990
Slavonian Biennale, Gallery of Fine Arts, Osijek

Only Good Memories
pencil on paper
140 x 100 cm
2018

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Interior, pencil on paper
80 x 120 cm
2008

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L’invisible
pencil on paper
70 x 100 cm
2012-2013

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L’indigene
pencil on paper
200 x 152 cm
2019

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Collateral
pencil on paper
29.8 x 21 cm
2016

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Petite Collectionneusse
pencil on paper
77 x 58.5 cm
2009

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Petite Collectionneuse, pencil on paper, 77 x 58.4 cm, 2010

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In the house there were two of us
pencil on paper
32.5 x 50 cm
2008

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In the house there were two of us
pencil on paper
32.5 x 50 cm
2008

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Interior
pencil on paper
120 x 80 cm
2008

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Furniture Remover
pencil on paper
100.5 x 70.5 cm
2009-2010

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