About My Work
For me art is Freedom.
A freedom I feel strongest when I’m in nature. Being in connection with Nature is a powerful stimulant for me and a great influence on my work as
I continue to seek my inspiration in the woods, rocks, mountains, wind…
Nature is my eternal inspiration and motivation.
My soul mission is to bring this sense of freedom closer to people, together with the feeling of liberation that can only be found in nature. I want to encourage them to return to Nature and find themselves there.
Jelena Martnović is a visual artist born in Varaždin, Croatia. Her work is inspired by Nature as she spends a lot of time in serene surroundings, especially in mountains. In 2007 she participated in the first Croatian female Himalayan climbing expedition to the Cho Oyu peak (8201 m), which contributed greatly to her artistic inspiration and aspiration. Jelena’s artistic focus is on searching for freedom and lightness, playfulness, and exploration through her paintings as she frequently shifts and combines artistic techniques.
Jelena is mother of three beautiful children. She lives and works in Zagreb.
Jelena was born in Varaždin, Croatia and graduated painting at the Academy of Fine arts, University of Zagreb. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, participated in numerous art symposiums and workshops, domestic and foreign, such as the art symposium in Turkey-Cappadocia in 2010, and lectures and exhibitions at the Moscow Academy during the 2013 Moscow Olympics.
She participated in many art projects such as residency at the art workshop “As tide”, “Heimat”, Graz, realised in collaboration with Next Graz and the Pistoletto, Biella Foundation and the lecture “Art, Nature and Sports” at the Moscow Lyceum on during the International Symposium of the Moscow Academy Arts and the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, 2009 and 2014.
She has worked as an assistant and artistic director in art projects involving world-renowned foreign and domestic artists, as well as students. She has led numerous art workshops with school and preschool children, such as the collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum and a series of workshops on the topic of Gustav Mahler.
She is a member of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Fine Artists and Art Critics.
List of overall professional artistic public activity by years
Online solo exhibitions:
Explanation: in the project within the Digital Adaptation Program 2021/2022, through the project “Wilderness Time – Nature Records” organized by HDLU Zagreb, which was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and of the Croatian Media, Jelena Martinović is fully presented in virtual galleries with her paintings, drawings, photographs and videos, which can be seen at the following links:
1. Jelena Martinovic: Videos from nature, February 19, 2022.
Jelena Martinović: Video zapisi iz prirode
2. Jelena Martinovic: Painted poetry, January 29, 2022.
Jelena Martinović: Oslikana poezija
3. Jelena Martinovic :Mountaineering Diary through Painting and Drawing, virtual exhibition, January 10, 2022.
Jelena Martinović: Planinarski dnevnik kroz sliku i crtež, virtualna izložba
4. Jelena Martinovic: Photographs from Nature, virtual exhibition, December 20, 2
Jelena Martinović: Foto zapisi iz prirode
Previous solo exhibitions:
Earlier group exhibitions:
Conceptual group exhibitions:
Workshops and symposium:
Representation in the permanent premises of museums, modern galleries and public collections in the country and abroad:
- Collection of the University of Zadar
- Collection “Mother” of the Franciscan Monastery, Humac, Bosnia and Hercegovina
- Collection of the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia
Reviews in professional journals:
- “Coming to the heritage”, “Mirroring between heaven and earth”, Bojana. B. Vukojević, Kontura, August 2009