Music, text and performer Vlado Smiljanić.  


Artist's Workroom and Gallery in Zagreb & Njivice
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Tomo Kralj, a self-taught painter, civil engineer, economist and the IT sciences MA, was born in Kloštar Podravski in 1944. His gift has been already recognised in the primary school when he was asked to illustrate alphabetic letters for his teacher Dragica Ormoš, which earned him his first fee. As a twelve-year boy, he was awarded with his first golden medal at the international exhibition in the then Czechoslovakia. Since 1974, he is a member of the Croatian Naive Painters' Association. Since Croatia gained its independency he became the president of the association for the first two mandates. He was also appointed a member of the Committee for the Construction of the National and University Library in Zagreb, as well as of the Zagrebački salon Committee. For two mandates he was also the president of the Monitoring Board of the Museum of Contemporary art in Zagreb. He took part at more than a hundred group exhibitions all over the world. In 1979 in the United Nations in New York he was listed in the selection "ARTISTS 79".
Some of the important exhibitions: Pitomača 56, New Delhi 58, Milan 74, Zagreb 75, Sion 76, Manila 77, Zurich 78, New York 79, Sao Paulo 79, New York 80, Strasbourg 80, Buenos Aires 80, Leningrad 81, New York 81, Stuttgart 81, Belgrade 82, Travnik 83, Geneva 87, Boromeo Rocco di Angera 87, Zagreb 89.
He had over twenty individual exhibitions, among them Crikvenica 75, Rome 77, Cloppenburg 78, New York 81, Cambridge 88, Zagreb 91, Worpsvede 94, Stapelfeld 95, Zagreb 97, Bohinj 99, Krašić 00 and others. Nevio Iori, Juraj Baldani, Josip Depolo, Antun Bauer, Stanko Špoljarić and other famous experts in the field of arts wrote about his paintings.
Until 1994, his main technique of work was the oil on the glass, and since 1993, when he moved to the house that he himself designed and built in the Zagreb residential quarter called Maksimir (the quarter is named after a lovely forest which surrounds it), he started painting Maksimir scenic serial in pastel. In 1995, thanks to excellent surgeons and the God Almighty, he recovered from a serious disease and starts painting a new cycle that he named "Sea- Grains" and "Sea-Sea", in oil on the canvass and pastels. In 1998, he painted the national park Krka and Skradin, and in 1999 he did a series of paintings of the lovely Slovenian valley of the Bohinj River. In 2000, he took part in the traditional arts colony in Krašić, which resulted in a new serial of pictures of the Krašić area and a new individual exhibition. Between 2000 and 2004 in the charming fishermen village Njivice on the Island of Krk, he built two pension houses with the intention to set up painter's workshops in them.

Zdenka Dodig, 15.06.2005.


"Village -Town" oil behind the glass 1985, published in the book LA CITE ET LES NAIFS in 1986, MIDAN Museum collection Croatia,Tomislav.Kralj




I kindly invite everyone of you who have my paintings in your collection to electronically send me details on the paintings and a photograph, as well as a permission to publish data on the owner, if you like the data on the owner to be published.

Tomo Kralj Tona