Branka Ridicki's work is primarily based in painting but she includes video, photography and found objects in her large scale installations. Initially trained in history of art and Italian language and literature, she later turned to making artworks based on concepts ranging from the nature of space and time to history, literature and architecture. She focuses on the symbolic elements in her paintings, attributable to fragments of urban architecture as a part of her study of concept of space. Her study is reinforced in the context of multicultural experiences, throughout her constant relocations to New York, Cairo, Colombo and Delhi. Over the past two decades, her style has evolved and gone through different phases: from map-like paintings, to architectural figuration, to the expressive and creative exploration of the theme of cities. In recent projects, such as Faces of Town (2016), she uses horizontal bands of grey and turquoise or gold and grey to divide the canvas into a landscape. Through a synthesis of architectural typologies, she evokes images from her personal archive, adding streets, squares, passages, houses, palaces, and churches, while the sea and sky are symbolized by the colour blue. She includes language and text in her artworks, utilized as a diaristic and poetic tool. Due to her background as an art historian, Branka Ridicki's work is deeply grounded in the reasearch of the meaning behind the images she uses to convey ideas from history, urban development and poetry. As she has likewise worked as an independent documentary film producer since 1991, she has introduced film media into her artistic practice.
Branka Ridicki was born in Zadar, Croatia in 1966. She completed her BA and MA in History of Art and Italian Literature and Language at the University of Zagreb. She has had solo shows since 2003, the most recent of which were held at Vladimir Filakovac Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia, 2016; the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, Croatia, 2010; the Mahmoud Mokhtar museum in Cairo, Egypt, 2007. She has represented the Republic of Croatia at the 10th International Cairo Biennial, 2007. Her works have been represented at the Art Fair 'Art Zagreb 2019'. She has been chosen for art residencies such as Glass Fusion Workshop at the Museum of Ancient Glass, Zadar, Croatia, in 2018. She has participated in the collaborative projects 'Manifestations of Space' at the Island Arts Center, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, 2018; the Branislav Dešković Museum in Bol on the island of Brač, Croatia, 2015; the Hvar Heritage Museum in Hvar, Croatia, 2014, among others. Her works have been part of many group shows including Rovinj Art Colony ’19, Museum of Town of Rovinj – Rovigno, Rovinj, 2019; 'Untitled', Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016; 'Time Travel – The Changing Patterns of Culture – Pettah', Old Town Hall, Pettah, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2013; 'El Hakeeba' (The Bag), Alexandria Atelier, Alexandria, Egypt, 2007; 'Connecting People, Connecting Cultures', the United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA, 2006. Her works are held in various private and public collections, such as the Museum of Ancient Glass in Zadar, Croatia. She is a member of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists.
Branka Ridicki currently lives between New Delhi and Zagreb.
"Recalling memories of places from her childhood, Branka Ridicki travels through her own imaginary cities, from those already experienced, to those yet to come. She walks down cobbled streets, reviving an ancient town and shaping an innovative structure for additional formulation. Thus embraced cities exist in her thoughts, colored by the light of the Mediterranean, washed in the atmosphere of the permanent and the imperishable. Columns, towers, fortifications, rows of houses, dwellings and walls make up the matter of untold history of a city's heritage, narrations of past architectural structures that witness lasting changes and returns. She revives, lives through and remolds the complexity of her journeys through time and space, expanding them with new migrations and life adventures. By combining the past and present, she creates her own iconography of the abstract and recognizable, universal and personal."
Marijana Paula Ferenčić, 2016
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