Rene Bachrach Kristofic

Rene Bachrach Kristofic

Zagreb, Croatia

About Rene Bachrach Kristofic

I was born in Zagreb. Live and work in Zagreb and Wiena. All of my work derives from my personal experience of being diagnosed with a terminal disease. The main theme of all of my work is - the end. End representing death, end of a period in life, childhood's end, end of the world. During my treatment, from something abstract, the end has become something very real to me, and it started to intrigue me. My work consists of painting cycles that always contain elements from my life. The cycles often appear as scenes from a comic book, or I use comic books as a source of inspiration. I'm also inspired by other media, such as movies or music and books. In particular, I'm intrigued by classical SF literature (Stanislaw Lem, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clark) and punk-rock culture of the 80's (works of Robert Longo). I also use comic strip and film framing and make use of the multiplicity of options to set my canvases within an exhibition area so that it allows various possibilities of interpreting a story. In addition, the possibility to place the canvases like triptychs with all possible combinations brings about a process where ''new'' paintings continue to appear within a composition, which allows the observer to find himself a story center of his own.


2003. graduated from the School of applied Arts and Design in Zagreb
2009. graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb

Awards & Nominations:
2011. Zagrebačka Banka, Gallery@Zaba award for young artist's winner
2009. CPB award winner
2009. Essl award nominee
2009. Award of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb for the most successful graduate
2009. One of tree artists from Croatia nominated for Henkel art award
2007. Essl award nominee
2006. nominated for rector's award
2005. winner of Croatian chamber of economy's award for excellent acievement


Solo exibitions:
The study of revolution, Galerija CEKAO, Zagreb
The Studie of revolution, NO Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Protest utopia, Glyptotheque, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
Against the fall of night, Marisall Gallery, Zagreb
Western Lands, Gallery SC, Zagreb
The End of the World and Other Stories (part II), VN Gallery , Zagreb
The End of the World and Other Stories (part I), Matice Hrvatske Gallery, Zagreb
Morbus Hodgkin II, Goethe - Institut, Zagreb
The philosophy of time travel, ''Josip Račić'' Gallery, Zagreb
solo show, CPB gallery, Zagreb
Morbus Hodgkin, ''Stančić'' Gallery, Zagreb

Group exhibitions:
Zbirka Hanžeković, Muzej likovnih umjetnosti, Osijek
Fragmentologija2/, živi Atelje DK, Zagreb
Utopija distopijske realnosti, Pikto galerija, Zagreb
Exporting Zagreb, Nacionalni Muzej Gdanjsk, Poljska
3 Bijenale slikarstav, HDLU, Zagreb

Finale 2014, Putar award, Gallery Galzenica, Velika Gorica
32th Zagreb Youth Salon, HDLU, Zagreb
Lighting out for the Territories, Muzej grada Šibenika, Šibenik
Erste Fragments 9, Mali Salon, Rijeka
Erste Fragments 9, HDLU, Zagreb
Lighting out for the Territories, Trafó Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Microarte. El tamaña sí importa, Gallery Liebre, Madrid, Spain
Lightning out for the territories, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Wien, Austria
The other reality/Croatian emerging painters, k/haus Gallery, Wien, Austria
Pop art's not dead, Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Zagreb
Made in Croatia, T-HT award@mca exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
Small formats, Marisall Gallery, Zagreb
Important elements: Earth, Air, Water, Terre verte Gallery , Zadar
Yearly exibtion of Croatian Association of Artists, CAA, Zagreb
Darko Glavan - On his side, Ulupuh Gallery Zagreb
30. Youth salon, CAA, Zagreb
45. Zagreb salon, CAA, Zagreb
Essl Award, Glyptotheque, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
Exibition of awarded graduets AFA, ''Galurija'', Gallery AFA, Zagreb
Essl Award, Glyptotheque, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb
Platform, Stančić Gallery, Zagreb
Leave an impression, ''Stančić'' Gallery, Zagreb
Interaktiv, SC Gallery, Zagreb
Exibition of awarded graduets and students of AFA, ''Galurija'', Gallery AFA, Zagreb