Eugen Varzić from Croatia - Joy

Joy 2015

Acrylic on canvas · 100 x 70 cm


It all came out one rainy day, I was in my car, with my wife and son, waiting for my daughter in front of her high school. The battery from my son’s iPad went out, and he was kind of freaked out. After a while, below my driver’s seat, he found a small bottle full of liquid, you know, for making soap bubbles...and it was a revelation for him. Even though it was pouring rain, he jumped out of the car, and started to blow bubbles. He was so happy. His face was full of joy. No iPad, no wifi, nothing but the bubbles in the rain. That is what I saw through my window, that is what I wanted to paint - pure joy.’

About the Artist: Eugen Varzić (1972) graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Rijeka (Croatia) in 1999 with a degree in Painting. That same year his work was featured in the Cromatismo Ermetico Art Project in Italy. Ever since, Varzić has exhibited his work in over a hundred solo exhibitions and group shows both in Croatia and abroad. In his paintings, soft and flowing elements such as fabric, skin and hair are replaced by patterns of geometrical shapes that organically seem to conform to the original matter. Varzić establishes a fascinating colour scheme in his work, with tones that both complement and contradict each other. 

text by Jesse Voetman