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IZVOR PENDE was born in Zagreb and grew up in Dubrovnik. The artist began studying sculpture in 1996 

at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb before moving to Germany to study painting at Kunstakademie 

Düsseldorf, receiving his degree in 2002 under Professors Karin Rissa and his master’s degree in 2005. 

Since 2003, Pende has exhibited individually and collectively at exhibitions in Bonn, Munich, Hannover, 

Dusseldorf and Hamburg in Germany, Chicago in the United States and Eupena in Belgium. In 2008, 

Pende won the Bat (British American Tobacco) nomination. He had his first solo exhibition in 2010 in the 

Barrel Gallery of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists in Zagreb. His next exhibitions followed in 2010 at 

the Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik, then in 2011 in the Glyptotheque HAZU in Zagreb together with artist Lina Franko Zeiz and in 2014 at the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik. 

Pende has recently focused on pure abstraction, turning away from his early focus on figurative and 

landscape paintings. In his new abstract paintings, he retained references to the organic structures and 

shapes that evoke the ground, which he connects with stripes and geometric forms that create internal 

tension and dynamic dialogue within the paintings. In 2016, Pende exhibited his abstract works at the Art Workshop Lazareti in Dubrovnik. 

The artistic dialogue with German painter Daniel Richter began in the project Swimming Together, wherein the two painters showcased their paintings side-by-side in several museums and institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Split in 2017, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka in 2018. In 2019 Izvor Pende presented his solo exhibition Golden Hours at David Richard Gallery in New York, and in the same year Pende participated in the exhibition Point of Interrupted Departures, together with artists Mariana Pende and Slaven Tolj, which was held during the 58th Venice Biennale in the Pavilion Tesa 100 in the Arsenale , 2022 solo exhibition National Museum of Modern Art Zagreb, Galerie Gans, Wien, Austria, Zahorian Van Espen, Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Izvor Pende’s artworks are kept in the museums and various private collections 


2022 Zahorian Van Espen, Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Galerie Gans, Wien, Austria 

National Museum of Modern Art,, Zagreb, Croatia 

2021.Collectors Depot,Pörtschach amWörtherSee, Austria 

Galerie Clemens Gunzer,Salzburg, Austria 

2020 Dynamic and Fiction,Izvor Pende, Theresa MöllerGalerie Gans, Vienna, Austria 

Art Workshop Lazareti,Otok Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

2019 Golden Hours, David Richard Gallery, New York 

2018 Galerie Koch, Hannover,Germany 

Swimming Together, Izvor Pende: Daniel Richter,Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka,Croatia 

Izvor Pende, Greta GalleryZagreb, Croatia 

Swimming Together, IzvorPende, Daniel Richter, Museum of ContemporaryArt Zagreb, Croatia 

2017 Swimming Together, Izvor Pende and Daniel Richter,Museum of Fine Arts Split,Croatia 

Art Workshop Lazareti, Otok Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

2016 Art Workshop Lazareti, Otok Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

2014 Art Workshop Lazareti, Otok Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

2012 Galerie Koch, Hannover,Germany 

2011 Izvor Pende, Lina Franko Zeiz Gliptotheque HAZU, Zagreb, Croatia 

2010 Art Workshop Lazareti, Otok Gallery, Dubrovnik, Croatia 

Barrel Gallery, Meštrović Pavilion HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia 

2009 Kunstverein Bad Kreuznach, Germany 

Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst Trier e.V., Germany 

Kunstverein Uelzen, Germany 

2008 BAT, Campus Galerie, Bayreuth, Cat., Germany 

2007 Galerie Koch, Hannover,Germany 

2005 Galerie Christa Burger,Munich, Germany 


2023 Panorama 40+, Galerija Bažato, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

2022 The Pool art Space, Dusseldorf, Germany 

2019 Salondergegenwart, Hamburg, Germany 

Point of Interrupted Departures, Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Arsenale Nord, Tese 100, Venice, the City of Dubrovnik and the City of Venice, 58th Venice Biennale Mariana Pende , Slaven Tolj 

2015 Mental War, Art Workshop Lazareti, Otok Gallery,Dubrovnik in collaboration with the IFCA Bomb 2014 Gallery,Berlin Red, Galerie Koch, Hannover, Germany 

2010 Galleries Maurice Sternberg, Chicago, USA 

Zagreb Salon, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia 

2009 BAT, Campus Galerie, Jubilaumsausstellung, Beyreuth,Germany 

2005 Ikob – Museum fur zeitgenossische Kunst, Eupen,Belgium 

Galerie Koch, Hannover,Germany 

Perspektiven junge Malerei,Düsseldorf und Frankfurt,Germany 


2008 BAT (British American Tobacco), Hamburg, Germany 

2002 2002 1st prize for the best painting student, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany