(1921 - 2008)
Ivan Rabuzin was active/lived in Croatia, Former Yugoslavia. Ivan Rabuzin is known for naive painting, "Innocent art".
Ivan Rabuzin was born in a small village Kljuc, near Novi Marof, Croatia. He went to Zagreb where he trained in cabinet making and carpentry. In 1950, he became a foreman in a furniture factory in Novi Marof.
When he was not working at the factory, he was creating drawings and paintings of his native countryside. In 1956, his artworks were displayed at his first one-man show in Novi Marof. In 1958, Ivan Rabuzin won "first prize" at the Exhibition of Yugoslav Amateur Painters in Zagreb. His second one-man show was held at the Gallery of Naïve Art in Zagreb. This marked the start of his successful art career. In 1963, he quit his job at the furniture factory and started painting fulltime. In 1969, Rabuzin was awarded the Henri Rousseau prize in Bratislava. Since then, his artworks have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide.
Rabuzin's works are known for his pleasing pastel colors, even though he sometimes did use bright colors. Typical subjects of his works are landscapes of small villages and hills with free flowing puffy clouds and oversized colorful flowers.
Ivan Rabuzin passed away on December 18, 2008 in Varaždin, Croatia.