Josip Diminić, HRV
(Sv. Lovreč, Labin, 1937 – Labin 2019)
He was born in Sv. Lovreč, near Labin in Istria, in 1937. He graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb in 1957 and obtained a degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof. Marino Tartaglia, in 1963. He is the author of numerous public sculptures at home and abroad.
In 1984, he became a professor of sculpture at the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, and from 2005 at the Academy of Applied Arts at the University of Rijeka. In 2008, he was awarded the honorary title of Emeritus Professor.
He is one of the founders of the Mediterranean Sculpture Symposium, which was founded in 1969 in Dubrova near Labin. In 2018, he became its honorary member. In addition to the Mediterranean Sculpture Symposium, he was a co-founder of the Labinski atelieri art group, exhibition Ars Histriae and the International School of Sculpture in Vrsar.
He is the author of 11 graphic maps. He received numerous awards for his work and was awarded numerous recognitions. He exhibited in more than 100 solo exhibitions and took part in more than 300 group exhibitions.
He furthered his studies in Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and China. In 1988, he published a book of records from a trip to China, entitled “Beauty Belongs to China”. His monographs were published in 1982 and 2000. He died in Labin in 2019.
He took part in the Mediterranean Sculpture Symposium on three occasions, in 1971, 1995 and 2011.