Hrvoje Majer

Hrvoje Majer

ZAGREB, Croatia

About Hrvoje Majer

Born in Croatia in 1975. He was living in London, UK from 2004 to 2012. He lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

I see myself as humanist. My main interest are people and their inner-life; their various emotional and psychological states, from self-hate and self-judging to self-acceptance and self-love.
I am exploring how these various states direct relationship constellations we create between ourselves and those close to us.
All my characters have awareness of their inner processes.
They pass through confusions, questioning their identities in search for inner peace and
an understanding of who they are.

The start of my creative journey are photographs I find in fashion magazines and on the internet. It is not important "Who" are subjects of those photos as most of them represent an "image" or an "identity" which fashion magazines sell as a concept.
Through the painting process I isolate the identities of my subjects by revealing their "inner qualities". It is important that the photos I use allow for a projection of my own personal story. In a way, each portrait then contains an autobiographical thread.
In fashion photography, I often find references to art history, especially Western European painting. This allows for personal interpretations and symbiosis between the painting and the photo that I am using.


2004-05, MA Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London,UK
1997-2003, BA Painting & Art History, Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia


Solo Exhibitions
2015 Saints & Martyrs, Gallery of Fine Arts, Split, Croatia
2012 MAJER/MATIC, Tenderpixel, London
2012 VEGAS GALLERY, London
2011 WINDOW SPACE, ASC gallery, London
2004 VAPOR GALLERY, Korčula, Croatia
2004 ZONA GALLERY, Zagreb, Croatia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 A TENDER CUT, Fold Studios, London, Curated by William Mackrell
2005 FINAL SHOW, MA Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
2003 YOUNG CROATIAN ARTIST, Galleria Contemporanea Lissone, Italy
2003 NEW FRAGMENTS, Gallery of the Croatian Academy of Science and Fine Arts, Zagreb, Croatia

Art fairs
2012 LONDON ART FAIR, London

BEYOND CONTEMPORARY ART by Etan J Ilfeld, published by Vivays Publishing, 2012