For 18 years it has been a tradition at the Infeld House of Culture in Halbturn to present contemporary artists before Christmas. This year, works by Josip Botteri Dini and Claudio Frank will be exhibited. Both artists have not subjected themselves to any fashions, have gone their own way over decades with conviction and have developed their own, easily recognizable style. Works by Josip Botteri Dini and Claudio Frank can be found in private and public collections worldwide.
Josip Botteri Dini (1943) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 1970, the artist has had several national and international exhibitions (Paris, Los Angeles, Milan). Josip Botteri Dini is a professor at the Art Academy in Split. He lives and works in Split, Croatia.
Since childhood, religion has played a central role in the life of Josip Botteri Dini. Faith is a basic attitude with which the artist perceives reality. A recurring motif in his works are the biblical themes in the Dalmatian ambiance.
Josip Botteri Dini is interested in human destiny, which is subjected to traces and signs of God's closeness in everyday life. He paints the Christian view of life which is marked by conviction: God is close to us human beings - He is where the believers are and the experience of this closeness unites all believing people.
Claudio Frank (1940) graduated from a music school in Zagreb. Before dedicating himself to painting, Claudio Frank played the violin in orchestras in Rijeka and Zagreb, as well as at the opera in Trieste and Palma de Mallorca. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan (Brera). Since 1979 he is mainly active as a painter. Claudio Frank has several national and international exhibitions (Paris, Milan, Trieste). He lives and works in Opatija, Croatia.
Faithful to painting, faithful to canvas and expression, Claudio Frank always oscillates between abstract and representational painting. With impressive colour compositions, spontaneity and emotion he conveys a personal perception of his Mediterranean surroundings. Claudio Frank reduces the motifs to striking forms and manages to move viewers emotionally and addresses them internally.