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Dušan Džamonja : biography

31 January 1928 - 14 January 2009

Dušan Džamonja ( ; 31 January 1928 – 14 January 2009) was a contemporary Croatian sculptor of Macedonian ancestry. Džamonja's work shows a tendency towards technical and formative experiments, reducing form to the dynamic and intense shapes of symbolical meaning. This study of new forms led him to use new materials, especially steel and glass, in his sculptures.

Džamonja studied at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Zagreb under the professors Vanja Radauš, Frano Kršinić and Antun Augustinčić, all notable authors. He built ateliers in Zagreb in 1953, Vrsar, Istria (since 1970) and Brussels, Belgium (since 1987).

He was a recipient of numerous awards and is an academician with both Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He lived near his three ateliers in Zagreb, Vrsar and Brussels.

He died on 14 January 2009 in Zagreb, aged 80.

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