In his lovely
pension in Njivice, on the island of Krk, in Opatija and in Begovo
Razdolje (in the hilly region of Gorski Kotar, which is the town
with the highest altitude in Croatia) famous Croatian painter Tomo
Kralj is holding painter's workshops. As a painter, Kralj, whose
refined talent was granted in his earliest
has gained his recognition in Europe, the USA and Japan. Over
the past forty-eight years, he presented his work to the public
at 35 individual and 100 group exhibitions around the world and
won many a prize. As a prominent public figure, he was asked to
participate in various cultural enterprises, including the long
time chairmanship over the Croatian Naive Arts Association.
One may say that Kralj is a DaVinci-an type of a man since he proved
to be equally skillful in both arts and technical fields, like designing
computer systems for large corporations (where he gained his MA
degree), or civil engineering. His extinguished versatility could
also be noticed in his artistic work - he equally excels in graphics,
oil on the glass, acrylic or in a gentle pastille. However, no matter
which technique he uses, Kralj is always recognizable - in a meticulous
detail, warm color palette, or in his praising of the work of the
Maker, that he recognizes in nature, or in human labor.
Serenity, openness toward the world and people, vivid interest for
everything that surrounds him marks the painter and his work, regardless
of his current artistic style.
The enormous energy that he possesses is 'infectious' for his surroundings,
he radiates it unselfishly through his work and in the contacts
with other people.
Kralj is open enough to share his painter's experience and knowledge
with the people interested in learning skills of the trade.
In the relaxed atmosphere of a picturesque fishermen village of
Njivice, in romantic Opatia or in the idyllic scenery of Gorski
Kotar (Begovo Razdolje), Kralj will pass on you the fundamentals
of the painting techniques and teach you how to create your first
picture, and introduce you with the oil painting on the back of
the glass, which is a protected non-material cultural heritage
of the "Hlebine Painting School".
is truly interested in arts and painting may take part.
At the Adriatic island of Krk, town Njivice ,
where you can rent a suit.
- But also in the coastal resort of Opatija
created by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire
-or in the mountainous region of Gorski
Kotar, in Begovo Razdolje,
the highest altitude town in Croatia.
for workshops on GSM: ++ 385 (0)91-539
Alf Reider, a student from New Zeland acrylic on canvas, 2007.
Đorđević, a student from Opatija (Croatia), pastel 2008
Anina Furness, Cambridge (Great Britain), 2009.
Caroline i Martijn
Barbiers, students from Veldhoven, Netherlands 2010
Fišter, painter from Vugrovec near Zagreb, oil behind the glass
Vujčić,painter from Zagreb, oil behined the glass 2012.
More Value to Your Holiday for the Same Money!
highly attractive offer for your vacation! The painting workshop scheme enables
to you to spend your holiday in a scenic resort of NJIVICE and get tutored in
painting by a renowned painter. This all for the price of accommodation only!
In a very attractive NJIVICE tourist resort, in a house overlooking a lovely bay,
there are 7 suits available for the participants of the painting workshop. Their
price depends on the size of the suit. The price includes painter's instructions
and help. Each suit is suitably equipped, including the fully equipped kitchen.
This enables future painters to stay over a day, night, or for a longer period
of time. In each of the suits there is an appropriate drawing area connected to
a lovely patio or balcony with a nice view.
wish, one can lease suits that wear names of Croatian prominent painters: "Ivan
Lacković" (size for 4 to 6 persons), "Oton Gliha" (1 to 2 persons),
"Mirko Rački" (1 to 2 persons), "Josip Generalić" (2 to 3
persons. At the moment, "Celestin Medović" and "Vlaho Bukovac"
suits are under construction, while the "Tomo Kralj Tona" suit is being
occupied by the painter himself.
to the NJIVICE painting workshop scheme, participants of the OPATIJA and BEGOVO
RAZDOLJE painting workshops bear costs of the accommodation only, (according to
the valid pricelist), while the assistance in painting only adds value to the
accommodation costs. The participants of the painting workshops will provide for
painting material and accessories. They may purchase material by themselves, or
ask the painter to buy it for them.