The Radoslav Putar Award 2020 FINALISTS are shortlisted

The Radoslav Putar Award 2020 FINALISTS are shortlisted



Radoslav Putar Award, an annual award for the best young artist in Croatia was established in 2002 by the Institute for Contemporary Art in Zagreb and will be awarded this year for the 19th time. Radoslav Putar Award is a cofounder and a member of international network YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards.


This year’s jury are:

Predrag Pavić, artist, Zagreb, Radoslav Putar Award Winner of 2019.;
Giuliana Carbi, curator, Trieste Contemporanea, Trieste, Italy
Klara Petrović, curator, Kontejner and Organ Vida, Zagreb, selected at the Open Call for a jury member up to 40 years of age;
Tanja Špoljar, curator, Gallery S, Koprivnica
Vice Tomasović, artist and president at HULU – Split





This year’s finalists in 2020 are:

Dino Bičanić, 1980., Bihać, BiH

Bojan Koštić, 1988; Koprivnica

Petra Mrša, 1985., Rijeka

Damir Sobota, 1988.; Zagreb




Dino Bičanić, 1980., Bihać, BiH – Graduated sculpture on Academy of Fine Arts in Split in the class of Kažimir Hraste 2007. Exhibited in solo (Bićanići in Town Gallery Labin in Labin,2019.,  Church San Marko in Hvar,2019.,  Bićanići in Atelieri Žitnjak, Zagreb 2018. Walls Have Ears in Studio 21, Split 2016. Everything is Going to Be a Memory in Salon Galić Split 2016. , Good Days, Bed Days in Gallery of Fine Arts, Split 2016. Watching Painting in Gallery Prozori, Zagreb, 2015. Dino Bićanić and Vedran Perkov in Alcatraz, Ljubljana, 2014. Gallery SC, Zagreb, 2014, Salon Galić, Split 2013. Premiere 01 in Public Open College, Split 2008.)and group shows (Triennial of Croatian Sculptures, Zagreb 2006., 2012., 2018., Almissa Open Art Festival, Omiš 2016., 2018.,Sprint, Split 2018. Art of Appropriation, Zagreb, 2017. , Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2014. Dimensions of Humor, Osjek, 2011. Zagreb, Split, Pula, 2012. Normalisation Dedicated to Nikola Tesla, Zagreb 2006.). Winner of one of three equivalent prizes in 39th Split Salon. Has realised public sculpture in the town of Hvar.



Bojan Koštić, 1988; Koprivnica – He received his master’s degree in Croatology and completed his undergraduate study in Latin language and literature. During his studies, he engaged in journalism and literary criticism. He is the founder and general secretary of the Pod galgama Association as part of which he staged the author’s play “Krleža’s Love Quiz”. He is the co-author of the book “Krležin eu/ropski furiosum” published by the Pod galgama association. He is an active member of the Mamuze association, and the founder and coordinator of the FUNK Association of Independent Culture Association Forum, and works as a curator and technician at the AK Gallery. Deals with photography, video and performance. He has been exhibiting since 2016.



Petra Mrša, 1985., Rijeka – graduated Photography at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Psy­chology at the University Department of Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb. Her artworks are included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb, Rigo Galery and the City Museum of Zagreb, and were exhibited at numerous solo and group shows. She has published artist books New School (Pazzini Editore) and Rehearsing family (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka). She worked as an assistant at the Hoxton Gallery in London and for the last four years has been employed as an assistant at the Department for photography at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She was taking a part in the postgraduate international art program WHW Akademija run by curatorial collective What, How & for Whom/WHW in Zagreb. The prima­ry field of her artistic work lies in researching the way how acquired constructs shape the lives of individuals.


Damir Sobota, 1988; Zagreb – graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Graphic Arts, 2013. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, including the 31st Youth Salon 2012 and the 2nd and 3rd Biennial of Painting 2013 and 2015, HT Award @ MSU 2011. Has attended residency programs in Belgium and Germany during 2015, 2018, and 2019. He worked as an associate professor at the Department of Fine Arts and Graphic Design at the Faculty of Graphic Arts in Zagreb. He participated in the Scientific and Professional Meeting Aestheticization and Rehumanization of Public Space, Art as Therapy, Painting KBC Rebro, Zagreb, 2017. He is a recipient of the Young Artist Award for 2017. He is a member of the HDLU and HZSU. He lives and works in Zagreb.



Congratulations to all the selected finalists and we wish each of them every success in the further course of the competition!


The Finalists’ Exhibition was scheduled to open on Friday, June 19, 2020, at 8:00 pm at the Galić Salon / HULU – Split, where the jury after the second round of competition and discussions with each individual finalist should announce the winner of the Radoslav Putar Award for 2020. In accordance with the current circumstances, we will keep you updated on possible dates for the exhibition.

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After the first 15 years, several novelties have been introduced in the competition, so the winner of the Awards is given an extended two-month stay in New York, organized by Residency Unlimited. The age limit for competitors is raised and all artists up to 40 years of age can apply. Workshops for interested candidates are held in Zagreb and online for candidates outside Zagreb at several terms, and in 2018., we have opened a call for one place in the jury’s membership for curators up to 40 years of age.

In cooperation with the Institute of Art History from Zagreb, we also published two textbooks: Radoslav Putar: Kritike, studije, zapisi 1961 – 1987.

We thank all the artists and curators who have applied for this year’s competition and invite all those interested to attend and participate in the work of Radoslav Putar Award.

In addition to staying at Residency Unlimited, NY, the winner also receives a production of one multioriginal work, thanks to the Gallery S from Koprivnica, a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Zagreb and the place in the jury of Radoslav Putar Award in 2020.



Predrag Pavić, the winner of the Radoslav Putar Award in 2019, was due to leave for Residency Unlimited in New York on April 1, 2020, where he was to stay until the end of May, which was also delayed in the current circumstances.


Radoslav Putar Award is part of the international network YVAA – Young Visual Artists Awards.


The Competition and the Radoslav Putar Award are made possible this year by Ministry of Culture RH, City of Zagreb, Department for Culture of the City of Split, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb in collaboration with the HULU – Split, Galley S, Koprivnica and Residency Unlimited in New York.


Past Winners of the Radoslav Putar Award:
Tanja Dabo 2002; Nika Radić 2003; Igor Eškinja 2004; Antun Božičević 2005; Tina Gverović 2006; Vedran Perkov2007; Marko Tadić 2008, Goran Škofić 2009, Davor Sanvincenti 2010, Marko Marković 2011, Miran Blažek 2012; Dina Rončević 2013; Igor Ruf 2014., Niko Mihaljević, 2015.; Dino Zrnec 2016., Matej Knežević, 2017., Ana Kuzmanić, 2018., and Predrag Pavić, 2019.