Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vojvodina, . . .
Matija Skurjenji is a dreamer and live near Zagreb. His trains travel in
all directions, bearing our dreams. Although he worked for the railways many
years, he travelled little.
While he remained in place, seeing trains in and out of the Zagreb station, in his
thoughts he went with them, following them and their passengers to their destinations.
Joze Tisnikar of Slovenj Gradec is employed in the autopsy room of a hospital
and every day sees lifeless bodies on a slab in front of him When he finishes
his job, he starts thinking about the deceased's way of life. Then, in his
painting, he brings him back to life again; the deceased no longer looks the way he did when
alive for he has returned from the world of the dead from which only
Tisnikar can retrieve him.
As a boy, Martin Mehkek had spent much time with gipsies in their
tents and twig huts, and was especially fond of watching the gipsy
women smoking clay pipes and exhaling large smoke circles. The scene was all the more fascinating
for the boy because village women of that time never even dreamed of smoking,
for doing so would have put them on a par with the gipsy women.|
World Encyclopedia of Naive Art
Chartwell Books, Inc. ,1984
Primitive Painting, Alpine Fine Art, 1981
The Modern Primitives, Filipacchi, 1977