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 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. He paints large scale murals in public spaces to communicate and establish a new understanding of our bond with nature. 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 (iPad), GQ Magazine, Ožujsko (Zagrebačka Pivovara) 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 where he works and makes his new Master in VFX/SetDesign at Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg.


Ivan Blažetić Šumski

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