VOLJEN GRBAC - Opera singer, photographer, wine connoisseur...

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Voljen Grbac


Voljen Grbac was born in 1956 in Vinkovci (Croatia). He is a soloist of the opera-a tenor. In his thirty years singing career, he has performed in the main tenor role (in the operas Rigoletto, Don Carlos, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca, I Pagliacci, Faust, and many others) in more than five hundred performances, and more than fifteen hundred concerts in the country and abroad. He lives and works in Rijeka and Grožnjan.

He started with photography in 1987. He has had individual exhibitions in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Trieste, Sarajevo, Rijeka, Grožnjan, Split, Pula, Osijek, Zadar, Karlovac, Porec, Rovinj, Izola, Ajdovscina, Buzet, Pazin, Umag. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad.

He won first prize in the first Croatian photographic Extempore Contest in 2005 in Novigrad called The Novigrad horizons in the competition of 65 Croatian photographers. At the international photo competition entitled “People and ships”, organized by the Rijeka Jadrolinija and Photo Club Split in 2007, in the competition of 115 photographers he won first prize (Collection “Controluce Cycle”). In the photo contest with the theme of grapes and wine “Bakho”, in Buje in October 2008 won the photo “Poor soil gives everything what gives the sea…”. The overall winner of the large art workshop in Kastav on August 2009, among more than a hundred of Artists. He has published several series of copyright postcard featuring Istria and Dalmatia, and he is publishing photos in various newspapers, magazines and theatre catalogues.

He is the owner of the exhibition space Amato Gallery in Grožnjan and a longtime member of the Association of Photographers of Istria. The most important motives are: Istria, Dalmatia, Greek Islands, Venice, Cuba, Morocco, Tunisia and, of course, first of all, The man. He has photographed also theatre performances, as well he is experimenting with various photographic techniques. His role model in photography is Henry Cartier Bresson, among painters Monet, Turner, Kandinsky, Emanuel Vidović…

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