Daniel Kovac

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Daniel Kovac is one of the most outstanding sculptors of his generation. Graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1996, Kovac is most interested in sculpting primal forms, creating simple yet monumental constructions using a diverse range of materials including artificial leather, concrete, plexiglass, metal, wood, coal and tar. Influenced by Anish Kapoor, Richard Deacon, Tony Cragg and Barry Flanagan, Kovac creates, according to art historian and curator Branko Franceschi, ‘compact objects that emanate power and an almost ominous energy’. Usually suspended from a gallery ceiling or else standing on thin supports, his sculptures appear to float in space, ready to move or strike out suddenly. This effect is heightened when Kovac adds a stroboscope inside them or installs them with red neon lights. To support his artistic practice, Kovac also works as a curator at the Vladimir Nazor Gallery in Croatia, where his refined sense of choice has been instrumental to the gallery’s development.
Author: Diana Yeh, Visiting Arts


Daniel Kovac was born in Subotica in 1966. He studied at the Mathematic Gymnasium in Zagreb and graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1996. Since 1997, he has been working as a curator in Vladimir Nazor Gallery in Croatia, which mainly supports the work of young artists. The gallery has an international outlook and has already exhibited the works of artists from Kazakhstan, USA and the Netherlands. Kovac himself has also had several successful solo shows and participated in many international exhibitions. His group shows include the 1998 Osaka Sculpture Triennale; the International Biennale of Cairo, Egypt, also in 1998; and ‘A Sign of the Times’, Prague, 1999. He was also winner of the 5th Croatian Sculpture Triennale Award in 1994 and of the Academy of Fine Arts award in 1998.


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Spike Island International Fellowship 2001

(01 April 01 - 31 August 01)