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Year 1981
Bronze sculpture
Author Josip Konta
Limited edition 1/8
Certificate of authenticity
Short description:
Sculpture, patinated bronze:
height 71 cm
width 13 cm
depth 20,5 cm
Total weight 21,2 kg
Delivery of artwork
All the artworks of Josip Konta come with a certificate of authenticity issued by the artist himself and a certificate of authorship from the Croatian Society of Fine Artists.

The artist provides free shipping of his works to any location worldwide, enabling art lovers to take delivery of his works without any additional costs, thereby saving time.

The sculptures are shipped in wooden crates custom-made for sculptures, which are certified for international shipping, ensuring the safety and protection of the artworks during transit to their new destination.

The weight of the crate is 23 kg, plus a protective filling made of light material.
The total weight of the wooden crate and sculpture is 45 kg.
This type of shipment is usually dispatched within 10 working days.

The price of the artwork does not include potential customs charges in the destination country. All customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer. It is the buyer's responsibility to fully inform themselves about the possible customs costs of the chosen artwork in the destination country.

Josip Konta was born in Livno on May 18, 1946. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1972 and completed his postgraduate studies as a collaborator in the master workshop of Professor Antun Augustinčić from 1972 to 1974.

Following three years (1974-1977) as the director of the Art Foundry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, he has been living and working as an independent artist in Zagreb.

His fifty-year-long artistic career, marked by a series of solo and group exhibitions, has produced artworks found in private collections in both Croatia and abroad.
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Analysis of the sculpture and possible meaning

Called the Man Who Seeks the Sun, this intriguing bronze sculpture questions the human search for meaning and light in life. Konta, with masterful skill and empathy, explores the concept of anxiety, both on a social and personal level.

Through the position of the body and the facial expression of the figure of a man, trapped in the vortex of an existential crisis, at the edge of his strength and on the threshold of giving up, we notice the struggle to find the inner sun, the light to free him of anxiety and fears.

Konta raises an essential question about the role of society in this search. Can society help man find the sun, or is he, on the contrary, condemned to an individual struggle? Can man, upon discovering his inner sun, help society, and contribute to creating a better and fairer world?

Man Who Seeks the Sun is not only a matter of individual struggle but also of general human destiny. Konta suggests that the sun that man seeks may be within him, but he constantly questions whether he can find it or whether it is irretrievably lost in the dark abysses of anxiety.

Ultimately, Man Who Seeks the Sun reflects the need for deep and complex introspection, both of the individual and society as a whole.
Main features of sculptural artworks

Josip Konta’s sculptural works reflect the artist’s deep fascination with themes of alienation, various states of the human spirit, and the individual’s position in society. Through his sculptures, Konta explores the complexity of human nature and the internal conflicts that accompany contemporary society.

His sculptural technique includes voids and irregularities in modeling, which are closely tied to the concept of negative space, further emphasizing the importance of the relationship between form and void in his works.

Konta uses negative space to achieve a specific aesthetic and convey a message in his works. The voids and irregularities in the sculptures symbolize feelings of alienation, emotional emptiness, or a lack of communication, further reinforcing his explored themes. The horse in Konta’s sculptural works often symbolizes humanity’s ideal reflection – that sought-after, better part of us that is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to achieve. The artist uses this motif to underscore the necessity of introspection for every individual.

Notably, the artist supports complete interpretive freedom for viewers of his sculptures, acknowledging that each interpretation of the work is subject to each individual’s personal experience based on their life experiences and understanding of the world.

Josip Konta’s bronze sculptures are produced exclusively in a limited edition of no more than eight original copies (1/1-1/8).

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