Šumski is the artist name of Ivan Blažetić. It is Croatian word whose closest English equivalent is “sylvan’, meaning something characteristic of woods or forests. Šumski is an illustrator, muralist, painter, and sculptor. Whatever the medium, his work has a strong narrative element. He sees art as having the capacity to impart a sense of empowerment to overcome our fears and to connect people through compassion and empathy. He studied art pedagogy on department of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown of Rijeka, Croatia. His fascination with storytelling led to a job after graduation in theater, where words and imagery have a similar relation as they do in his own work. At the Rijeka Puppet Theater, he learned the ins and outs of character development. Šumski made cover art for electronic music labels and worked with the band Crystal Fighters (UK) on number of videos. His murals can be seen in Berlin, Zagreb, Trondheim, and other cities. As an illustrator he has worked for Nike, New Scientist Magazine, Affinity Designer for iPad, and Igapa, the biggest supplier of paper in the E.U. His illustrations have also been exhibited extensively in galleries like Factory Fifteen in London, and the Urban Spree Gallery in Berlin. He grew up in Rijeka, Croatia and currently lives in Berlin.

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Ivan Blažetić Šumski

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