Born in Zagreb, on February 5th, 1966.
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, at ALU, Zagreb, as an
art teacher in the class of professor M. Sutej, with
painting as her main subject.
As an undergraduate, she participated on 1992 and 1993
From the reviews:
Artistic production of Ana Krleza uses and analyses
two incongruously disimilar media. First and foremost,
there was photography. After having painted with
light, Ana commenced with rice paper, using it in a
complex combination of various kinds of paint and
applications. By the means of crushing, kasiranje
(the process of dipping paper into glue and arranging
it in many layers), and painting of paper on a hard
surface, a genuine atmosphere of an old piece of art
is invoked. Sometimes realistic, sometimes stylized,
the paintings od these ships are firmly linked with
their authentic historical counterparts.Thus, the name
given to the exhibition itself - 'Naves Nostrum', is a
geographically located segment of Croatian history.
The ships brought to us by Ana are not so volatile in
their realization and techical aspect, as the scale of
colours they use is distinct in a way that opens an
interesting and dinamic game. In an almost ascetic
repetition of theme and motives, we can read out a
very subtle, yet convincing aesthetic game.Harmony of
details interpolated on a static motif both puzzles
and fills us with wonder; the motif which,
nonetheless, does not lack the wind in its sails.
Artistic shape of Ana Krleza's works is, above all, a
consequence of a poetically moved female soul, looking
for a dream within the given framework of the world of
The masks of academic painter Ana Krleza are the
unique pieces ar art: relief paintings,
Without reference or historical background. The
author's experience of the mask emerges exclusively
from its picturesque aspect which is why the mask is
built of diverse materials, the basis being rice
paper. Devoid of the burden of tradition, the painter
plays in a way characteristic of youth and explorer's
curiosity; the masks are creative inter-cycles in the
opus, in which the elements of tradition, together
with the painter's poetics form its two recognizable
and beneficinet traits .
Visnja Slavica Gabout:
Ana Krleza treats her paitnings as places of playful
games and memories. They become imaginative and
talkative picture-books, dreamy memory albums in
which, artfully and with inspiration, with the feeling
of joy and melancholy, she paints childhood tales and
miths of long ago, of folk poetics and joyous fantasy.
Three main motives are nurtured, varied, and modified:
ships, masks, and trees. Strong and metaphorical, rich
and morphological potential of the motives impregnated
with deep symbolism, grants them the ability of
communication and clarity, makes them evocative, as
well as fluid and metaphisical.The trees are connected
with the idea of constant and cyclic renewal of life,
bearing the notion od fertility, mortality, and
eternity; both cosmic and human. The author handles
relations between volume and space, mass and surface,
fulness and emptiness in a way that she transforms the
three-dimensional physical reality into the
two-dimensional one.Reality and illusions are met
somewhere at the edges of the painting.
group exibitions in Zagreb, in Vladimir Nazor, SC,
and Gradec picture galleries.
She lives and works in Zagreb.
1994, CEKAO Gallery, Zagreb - photography exibition
'Shadows Conceal Time'
1998, Ideal City Gallery, Zagreb - photograps,
'Challenge of Negation'
1999, Juraj Klovia Gallery, Rijeka - relief paintings
2000, Dora Art Gallery, Varazdin - relief paintings;
together with M. Kumbatovia and Lj. Buble - Dragojevia
2001, Zagreb-CEKAO Gallery, Zagreb - exhibition of
masks 'The Masks'
2002, Spektar Gallery, Zagreb - paintings and
sculptures; without name
2000, Grad Gallery, Rijeka - 'The Mask of Croatian
Painters and Sculptors'
2001, gallery of the Town's Museum of Makarska -
'Duration of Heritage', original project of M.
Barieevia, together with 8 other artists