- August 2019 – Marina Stoponja, a sculptor from Zagreb, will present her work in an exhibition entitled "The Spirit of Life" at St. Paul's Church in the Old Town of Kotor. The exhibition is organized by the OJU Kotor Museums, and is scheduled to open on Tuesday 20th August at 8 pm, as announced from this institution.
Marina Stoponja was born in Zagreb in 1959. She graduated in 1999 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies at the Department of Sculpture. She has been a member of the Croatian Society of Fine Artists since 1999, and of the Croatian Association of Independent Artists since 2001. In the last few years, she has been developing her artistic career in the United Arab Emirates. She has had 20 solo exhibitions and participated in 50 group exhibitions juried at home and abroad. She has received several awards and recognitions, including the RAK Fine Art Festival (2007), Ras Al Khaimah - UAE, International Emerging Artist Award (2016), Dubai - UAE, 2. Premio Contemporaneo (2001), Forli - Italy, Special Rector awards (1997) Zagreb.
“In her sculptures, the artist from Zagreb works on topics that describe life in its physical, artistic and sociological aspects. Through her works, she interprets nature and the world around her through a three-dimensional form, and often deals with topics of human relations. The artist most often creates in white marble, sometimes in bronze, wood, and aluminum. Marina Stoponja is one of the few sculptors from Croatia who creates sculptures in stone and marble in large formats and dimensions. Her works are also self-portraits interpreted by philosophical and biographical descriptions, characterized by a distinctive style of precise, almost perfect technical processing of material ” writes Rachel Thong about Marina Stoponja.
The music part of the programme will feature young flutist Stefan Pericic from Tivat.