Eugen Varzić graduated in painting from the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka (nowday’s Academy of Applied Arts) in 1999. He has shown his work at forty solo exhibitions and at more than a hundred collective at home and abroad. He has headed several artistic projects and worked on international visual art projects. He did further studies in art in Madrid, in the workshops of Eloy Morales and Antonio López Garcia.Occasionally he engages in design, short films, illustration and picture book making, running art workshops and tutoring future students of art academies. At the first TEDxPula conference in Istria he had a talk called Art as Breathing. A freelance artist, he lives and works in Istria, Croatia, EU.
Artwork Themes & Subject Matter
Eugen Varzić paints life, his focus has always been in figuration, realism. Every day is a new story, a new challenge a new fight. As a motif, he tends to choose people around him. Since the early days, Eugen have been infatuated with the works of old masters and their skills and techniques. When he looks back, he realizes that maybe he focused on realism because it was the closest solution to the idea of creating something different, something that others could not or would not. It was a way to challenge himself.
Eugen did spend a short while focusing on the technique and the processes behind creating the artwork rather than the art itself. He focusses on the message, on the psychological, moral and ethical values he’d like to represent, on the internal struggles the models may carry in them. In these paintings, we get to see the process as it is, raw and unfiltered, unperfected. We get to learn a lot through one’s specific “handwriting”, which comes out during the painting process, the trail, he as a painter leaves with the brush, alongside a couple of accidents and messy strokes.
When he started working on it and thinking about it, he realized that it would be a “take no prisoner” working principle. Eugen went to work and studied with the best in the world, made significant shifts and contacts. His sources and teachers are different from the environment in which he lives and create. The feeling was fantastic and gave me the strength for even more and better things. And most importantly – it gave me the feeling that anything is possible.
Eugen want to do something that is rarely done in art. Something that leaves the observer outside their comfort zone when standing in front of his art and makes them ask if what they’re experiencing is in fact possible. This is where he tries to survive and create. This idea is what keeps him going, although he has to admit, it is not easy. Almost every day he asks himself numerous questions, to which there is the only one answer: creation. This everyday ritual gives him a reason to live. A ritual of constant learning, changing, choosing the toughest path, constantly asking questions, with a clear head and faith.
For him painting is like a breathing. His paintings are like painted diaries telling him when he was happy, when he was afraid, when he was painting hypnotically … when he was hungry. When he succeeds, he will be happy, not only for himself, but because he shown those who believed that he would, and to those who doubted he can’t.
Eugen Varzić’s works has been featured in notable magazine and online sources including Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Modportrait, and Giua Leonardo.