Biography

FRANJO KLOPOTAN was born in the village of Presečno, near Varaždin in the Hrvatsko Zagorje region, on September 16, 1938. First he learned the photography trade and briefly worked in this profession. Later he completed nursing school in Zagreb. He began painting in 1959. He held his first exhibition in Zagreb in 1963. After this he went to Hamburg, Germany, and worked as a restoration technician in the local city museum.

He completed schooling for retouching deep print and worked for the journals Hor Zu and Quick. Based in Hamburg, he worked throughout Europe: he held independent exhibitions in almost all major European cultural centers. He represented the Federal Republic of Germany at the World Exhibition of Naive Art in Bratislava and Oslo in 1973. His paintings can be found in the best-known galleries in Europe and America, while seven of his works are on display in the Museum of Fine Art in Hamburg. He returned to Croatia in 1970 and settled down in his native Presečno. Due perfidious Yugoslav manipulations, he was always neglected at home, so that the former Gallery of Primitive Art in Zagreb did not have any of his paintings.
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Foreword

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