One of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century, Ivan Mestrovic!
He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He was born in a rural catholic family in Slavonia, and grew up in the home village of his parents Otavice in Dalmatia. His religiosity formed under the influence of folk religiosity, the bible and the late Leo Tolstoy. According Mestrovic mystery of love is the answer to the mystery of death and the condition of belief in eternity. Therefore, a man’s work in the country, as well as art, “prints immortal beings.” Ivan Mestrovic is the most famous croatian sculptor and one of the world’s greatest contemporary artists.
Of the many Mestrovic some public sculptures have become symbols of the city like Zagreb’s favorite monuments “Fountain of Life”. For his work he has received numerous awards and honors. 1911 was in Rome at the International Art Exhibition “First prize for sculpture”, in 1953 he received the award from the American Academy of Arts’ Annual Award of Merit “, in Canada, in Windsor, Ontario, won the annual award Assumption College” Christian Culture Award “. In 1955 he received the Medal of the American Institute of Architects’ Fine Arts Medal “, the same year won two awards honorary doctorate from Notre Dame University,” Doctor of Fine Arts degree “and an Honorary Doctorate from Marquette University,” Doctor of Laws “. In 1961 he was appointed to the science and art of the Republic of Austria.
He died in 1962 in South Bend, Indiana in the United States, and was buried in his native country, according to his last wish. He was and remains among the biggest sculptors of religious motifs from the renaissance to today.