Lucija. Original aquarelle and ink on paper, unknown year.
Gabrijel Stupica was born on 21st of March 1913 in Dragose and died in Ljubljana on the 19th of December 1990. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb from 1931 until 1933). His art was influenced by his visit to a Tizian exhibition in Venice in 1937 and an exhibition of masterpieces from the Prado in Geneva in 1939. After World War II he travelled to Paris twice and regularly attended the Venice Biennale, where his works were included in the Yugoslav selection in 1952 and 1958. In 1968 his work was exhibited in a special exhibition mounted within the framework of the Venice Biennale, drawing the attention of international critical circles. He also exhibited at the Kassel Documenta in 1957. In 1946 he moved from Zagreb to Ljubljana, where he became a full time professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, which has just been established. As a distinguished Yugoslav artist he received numerous awards, among those the Prešern Award on several occasions (1948, 1950, 1957 and 1981 for Life Achievements), the Jakopič award (1970) and the AVNOJ award (1977). His oeuvre encompasses paintings (numerous self-portraits, portraits, monochrome canvases interspersed with symbols as the vehicles of his imagery), drawings, gouaches, watercolors and graphic works. Numerous of his works are also part of the Kunsthalle Nurnberg collection.