Anton Zoran Music

Biography

Born in Gorizia in 1909, he studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Zagreb and lives in Madrid for more than a year. He lived in Dalmatia from 1935 to 1940, and later moves to Venice where he is arrested by the Gestapo in 1944. He was then taken to a concentration camp in Dachau (prisoner number 128231). He risked his life drawing the works he made during this time, but it was his way to survive the daily horrors he encountered. After the war, he returned to Venice and continues his artistic production centered in memory and with a tendency towards a lyrical abstraction. In 1948 he exhibits at the Biennale of Venice and his works become part of the most important collections. He is also present at the Biennale of Venice in 1950 and the following year he is awarded with the Prix de Paris and chooses Paris as a second hometown. In 1955 he participates in the Roman Quadriennale, and in the years 1956 and 1960 he is awarded with the Gran Premio per l’arte grafica at the Biennale of Venice. In 1970 he presents his exhibition "Noi non siamo gli ultimo," inspired by the Dachau experience, which will further be held in various European cities. In 1972 the Museum of Modern Art of Paris dedicates the first anthological show to Music as a living artist and in 1981 he receives the title of Commandeur des Arts et Lettres. He dies in Venice in 2005.