Arbeit Macht Frie. Original color woodcut, 1994. Edition of 15 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Živko Marušić is a Slovenian artist, born in Italy. He is best-known for his figurative paintings, graphics and sculptures. His artworks are products of thoroughly exploring and recreating events from his life and his perception of those events. Human figure is always in the center of his attention and most of his creations feature just one person with his current look in a moment of Marušić’s attention and with his emotions caught on the face at that moment. His figures mostly seem dynamic or in motion. Arbeit Macht Frei is a German phrase meaning “work sets you free”. The slogan is known for appearing on the entrance of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps. This man is standing in front of Auschwitz’s entrance with his hand raised. Around him are flowers Calla most often associated with funerals and death, which have also become symbols of youth and rebirth through the history.