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.

Professional biography

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

Solo exhibitions:

  • 2020. Zagreb, Contrast Gallery, “ Olive trees and people”, Croatia
  • 2018. Zagreb, European House Zagreb, exhibition of paintings and drawings ‘’Gojanovic – Krupa – Martinovic’’, Croatia
  • 2012. Zagreb, MORH Zvonimir Gallery, ‘I Touch the Sky’, in collaboration with Irena Gayatri Horvat, Croatia
  • 2012. Zabok, Green room gallery, ‘‘ Make me a famous artist! ’’, Croatia
  • 2009. Hvar, Stari Grad, Old Town Museum, ‘‘ Hvar ’’, Croatia
  • 2008. Zagreb, Dome Gallery, ‘‘ Road, Passage, Threshold ’’, Croatia
  • 2007. Varazdin, Larus Gallery, ‘‘ My Himalayan Experiences ’’, Croatia
  • 2007. Selce, Terme Selce Gallery, “My colors of the bora”, Croatia
  • 2006. Risnjak National Park Administration, “Trees give birth to the forest”, Croatia
  • 2005. Zagreb, Student Center Gallery, ‘‘ Self-Portraits ’’, Croatia
  • 1997. Varaždin, ‘Sunflower Gallery’ Gallery, Croatia
  • 1994. Varaždin, ‘Youth Forum Galleries’, Croatia

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

Group exhibitions:

  • 2021. “Christmas is for me”, a group exhibition of HULULK members, Bule and Green Sesvete Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2021. . “3nd Zagreb Drawing Festival”, InArt Gallery, Trnsko Municipality; Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2020. “Animalism in Photography, Drawing and Painting”, group exhibition of members and friends of Croatian Artist Association Zagreb in the Gallery of the Faculty of Economics and Small Gallery of the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, Slovenia – (group jury, conceptual exhibition)
  • 2020. “2nd Zagreb Drawing Festival”, InArt Gallery, Trnsko Municipality; Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2018. ‘‘ Zagreb Summer Art Salon 2018 – Touch of Nature ’’ at the Dubrava Cultural Center, Zagreb – (group jury, concept exhibition), Croatia
  • 2018. ‘‘ New Perspectives 2018 – Exhibition on the Occasion of 150 Years of Croatian Societies of Fine Artists ’’, European House Zagreb, Zagreb – (group jury, conceptual exhibition), Croatia
  • 2017. ” Zagreb Summer Art Salon – Imaginary Spaces ”, Croatian Artist Association Zagreb, Vladimir Filakovac Gallery, Zagreb – (group jury, concept exhibition), Croatia
  • 2016. “Zagreb Art Salon 2016”, Croatian Artist Association Zagreb, European House Zagreb, Zagreb – (group jury, concept exhibition), Croatia

Earlier group exhibitions:

  • 2013. Lecture and group exhibition on the occasion of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow, Moscow, Russia
  • 2012. 31st Youth Salon, Croatian Artist Association, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2011 – 2017. Annual exhibitions of Croatian Artist Association members, Prsten Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2010. 30th Youth Salon, Likum Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2010. 45th Zagreb Salon, Croatian Artist Association, Zagreb, Croatia2010. ‘Minimum Maximum 2 religion’, exhibition of miniatures, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Conceptual group exhibitions:

  • 2010. Exhibition of works by the art workshop Karlik Evi, Cappadocia, Turkey
  • 2009. Slovenia Open to Art, ‘‘ Other Nature ’’, Lična hiža Gallery, Ajdovščina, Slovenia, curator Anamarija Štibl Šajn2009
  • 2009. “Image as a Hermetic Icon of the New Age”, “Arrival in Heritage”, Abonos Gallery, Orašje, Bosnia and Hercegovina, curator Vladimir Gudac
  • 2008. – “Island as Utopia”, project “Arrival in Heritage”, Gallery of the Scientific Library, Zadar, curator Nikola Albaneže, Croatia
  • 2008. Exhibition of the collection “Mother”, Franciscan Monastery Humac, Bosnia and Hercegovina
  • 2006. ‘Below Level 6’, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 2005. ‘ART forum Zadar’, Gallery of the State Archives, Zadar, Croatia
  • 2004. ‘Passion Heritage’, Zagreb

Workshops and symposium:

  • 2021. Green bridge, Ribnica, Slovenia
  • 2013. guest lecturer at “Art, Nature and Sports” and participant in a group exhibition at the Moscow Academy of Arts on the occasion of the Olympics in Moscow, Russia
  • 2010. – a series of workshops “Kleine Mahlerei” with children throughout Croatia, on the topic of Gustav Mahelr; in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum
  • 2010. – “International Art Camp, Cappadocia, Turkey
  • 2009. – Symposium of the Academy of Arts and the Academy of Sciences in Moscow, lecture “Art, Nature and Sports”, Lyceum of the Moscow Academy of Arts, Moscow, Russia
  • 2009. – Slovenia Open to Art, Second Nature, Sinji vrh, Slovenia
  • 2009. – “Painting, Hermetic Icon of the New Age”, “Arrival in Heritage”, Zadar, Croatia
  • 2008. – ‘As tide’, ‘‘ Heimat ’’, Pistoletto Foundation, Graz, Austria2008. – “Island as Utopia”, “Arrival in Heritage”, Zadar, Croatia
  • 2005. – art colony “Colors of the King”, Velebit, Croatia
  • 2005. – art colony “CreArt”, Lisca, Slovenia
  • 2004. – art colony “Island”, Solta, Croatia

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