born in the village Kjuc, near Novi Marof, Croatia. He trained as a
carpenter and cabinet maker in Zagreb and by 1950 became a foreman in
a furniture factory in Novi Marof. During this time he was spending
his free time creating drawings and paintings of his native country
site. By 1956 his works were shown in his first one-man show in his
village. In 1958, Rabuzin won first prize at the Federal Exhibition of
Yugoslav Amateur Painters at Zagreb. His second one-man show was held
at the Gallery of NaÔve Art in Zagreb. This marked the start of his
incredibly productive career and the beginning of his most original
style in naÔve art. Because of his growing success, Rabuzin was able
to quit his job at the furniture factory in 1963 and devote himself
full-time to painting. In 1969 he was awarded the Henri Rousseau prize
in Bratislava. Since then his works have been shown in many important
exhibitions in his own country, as well as throughout the world. Jaro
Art Galleries, New York featured a major One-man exhibition of
Rabuzinís work in 1981. The show was a complete sell-out.
are known for his pleasing, most of the time pastel and sometimes
bright colors. Typical subjects are landscapes with free flowing puffy
clouds, small villages, hills and oversized colorful flowers.
I had the
pleasure and privilege to meet and get to know this genius of an
artist, who comes around only once in a lifetime.
We, at Jaro
Fine Arts, are very saddened by the news that Ivan Rabuzin passed away
on December 18, 2008. He will be forever remembered, not only as a
great artist, but as a great human being and a friend.