Мартина Грлич

Martina Grlić (born in 1982 in Zagreb, Chroatia) is a Croatian artist whose main focus lies on figurative painting.

In her artistic practice she tries to revive the past by forwarding registered moments from the old photographs to her canvases, which become representations of remembering. Her photorealistic oil paintings are focused on memories of the past and reflect the changes that have occurred and are still occurring within the post-socialist society. She uses a lot of documentary references of former Yugoslavia: archival footage or photographs from a specific event, photographs from old factories or clips from news reports, and old journals, capturing the ideology which was lost and presenting those pictures once again in a new context by deconstructing and blending existing imagery, mixing color with black and white. Grlić refers to a world that doesn’t exist anymore and addresses the problems of today’s society, explores the history and seeks to understand the roots of the world she is living in. Despite the fact that her works depict elements from the past, her paintings are modern in concept and execution.

Martina Grlić studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Her works were exhibited at numerous solo and group shows in Croatia, France, Poland, China, Italy, Austria. In 2017 Martina received a Croatian Bank award for best young artist and in 2012 she won the Erste Grand Prix for Best Painting. In 2014 participated in Glo’art residency in Belgium.


2009 M.A. at Academy of Fine Arts (Painting) (Zagreb, Croatia)

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 Distinct realities, Potemka gallery (Leipzig, Germany)
2018 Memory and conflict, Gallery Karas (Zagreb, Croatia)
2017 Collective dreams, Kranjcar Gallery (Zagreb, Croatia)
2016 Factory, Gallery Simulaker (Novo Mesto, Slovenia)
2015 Product, Gallery Poola (Pula, Croatia)
2014 Product, Museum of Mali lošinj (Mali Lošinj, Croatia)
2014 Better than reality, Gallery Zuccato (Porec, Croatia)
2014 Product, Gallery Josip Racic (Zagreb, Croatia)
2013 Factory, Gallery Karas (Zagreb, Croatia)
2012 World to come, Gallery Dogadanja (Zagreb, Croatia)
2011 Atomic Landscapes, Gallery Cekao (Zagreb, Croatia)
2010 Atomic Landscapes, Gallery SC (Zagreb, Croatia)


2017 HPB Prize for Young artist
2012 ERSTE Bank, New Fragments, First Prize


2017 4th Biennale of painting, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2015 3rd Biennal of painting, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2013 2nd Biennal of painting, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2011 1st Biennal of painting, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2010 22nd Slavonia Biennal ,Gallery of Visual Arts (Osijek, Croatia)

Selected group exhibitions:

2019 54. Zagreb Salon “Without Anesthesia”, HDLU (Загреб, Хорватия)
2018 Searching for reality-Jadranka Fatur and hyperreal, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia)
2018 Traces of water, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2017 THT PRIZE, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia)
2016 51st Zagreb Salon “Challenges to Humanism” , HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2016 Exporting Zagreb – Constructing the Present of Memory, National Museum (Gdanjsk, Poland)
2015 Second CEE Countries Contemporary Art Exhibition, Ningbo Museum of art (Ningbo, China)
2014 Mundus vadit retro, Gallery KIBLA (Maribor,Slovenia)
2014 32nd Youth Salon, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2013 New croatian realism, HAZU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2013 53rd Annale Art must be beautiful (Porec, Croatia)
2013 48th Zagreb Salon, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2013 T-HT prize, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia)
2012 PARS PRO TOTO, Loft Sevigne (Paris, France)
2012 31st Youth Salon, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2012 Erste Fragments 8, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia)
2011 The other reallity: emerging croatian painters, Kunstlerhaus (Vienna, Austria)
2010 45th Zagreb Salon, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)
2010 30th Youth Salon, HDLU (Zagreb, Croatia)


Erste bank (Zagreb, Croatia)
Modern gallery (Zagreb, Croatia)