VITEZ was born in 1940 in Zagreb where he received diploma
of the School of Applied Arts and graduated visual art teaching
and scenography. He is the member of the Croatian Association
of Visual Artists, Croatian Society for visual culture and
the SYMBOLON authors’ team.
graphics and drawing, he has been particularly involved with
illustrating children’s books. Apart from numerous exhibitions
at home and abroad (Italy, Japan, Slovenia, Germany, Bulgaria,
Slovakia etc.), he has illustrated more than 50 books and
children’s picture books. For illustration of books he was
awarded “Ivana Brlić Mažuranić” prize in 1993 and 1996, and
four times was the winner of “Grigor Vitez” state award. In
1980 received the “Heinrich Ziele” recognition for committed
graphics and was included in permanent exhibition in the Willhelm
Bush Museum, Hannover/Berlin in Germany.
He has been
awarded twenty prizes and recognitions for his work of visual
art. He is the author of several picture-books both as regards
text and illustration.
From the time
he attended the secondary school until present days, he has
published more than 1000 illustrations. After his taking part
in the Biennial of Illustrations in Bratislava, he was included
in “The Best of BIB” catalogue (Bratislava - Tokio, 1996)
which includes the selection of the best 100 most significant
illustrators of the World exhibitted in Bratislava from 1966
a great number of school text-books for primary school. He
is the co-author of the “Croatian Primer” (Šabić-Vitez-Baričević).
At the international exhibition “Le immagini della fantasia”,
he was chosen by international jury to represent the Croatian
illustration. The exhibition took place in 1997 in Sarmede,
Treviso, Vienna, Paris, New York, Tokio, Budapest and Bratislava.
In 1997 he was
nominated for the highest world award for illustration “Hans
Christian Andersen” for 1998, known as “Small Nobel Prize”.