VIPs of New Zagreb
Personal Project


New Zagreb (Novi Zagreb in Croatian) is the part of the City of Zagreb (Croatia) located south of the Sava river. 
It is mostly residential, consisting of blocks of flats and tower blocks that were built during the Socialist era (1945–1990). During this time, it grew in many neighborhoods, each special in its way and each of them with its own neighborhood VIP that never walked on any red carpet, but that didn't hurt their importance.
New Zagreb is where I grew up, and long coffee sittings in neighborhood bars brought to my attention people that everyone knew, people that were appreciated and valuable for the Croatian culture and academic world. Some acknowledged locally, but many nationally and with my friend Pera Kraljic Podrug, an artist and artisan, decided to take them out of their neighborhoods. 

This series of photos is dedicated to Božidar Debogović, a self-thought artist living and working in neighborhood Utrine.  When he's not painting, he's chilling and selling his artwork at his favorite neighborhood bar "Utrine" aka "Konjušnica (Horse Stable)" located below his apartment. 
He was born on 23.11.1950 in Zagreb, where he finished elementary education and high school. He has been painting for about forty years, and in 2005 he held his first solo exhibition in the gallery "Ruža" sponsored by the UHBDDR (Croatian Homeland War Volunteers and Veterans Association).
Few facts about Božidar:

- Juraj Baldani (Croatian art critic, journalist, and writer) wrote him a criticism; they were pretty close.
- Born in the Zagreb's neighborhood Trešnjevka, on a bed.
- He lives in Utrine since 12/24/1970, from the age of 6.
- Worked in Pliva (a pharmaceutical company based in ZagrebCroatia), where he was mobilized in civil protection.
- Loves sailing boats.
- And common motif in his paintings are sailing boats.
- For him, the night is the best time for painting, and he paints with his wife.
- Plays the guitar, and he's also known by his guitar in Novi Zagreb.
- He draws and paints since he's 6 or 7 years old
- Paints on everything: ceramic plates, bottles, wood, canvas, paper.
Bozidar
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This is Božidar Debogović, a self-thought artist that spends his days chilling in the neighborhood's bar "Utrine," where he also sells his artwor Read More
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