Rabuzin was born in the village Kjuc, near Novi Marof,
Croatia. He trained as a carpenter and cabinet maker in Zagreb
and by 1950 became a foreman in a furniture factory in Novi
Marof. During this time he was spending his free time creating
drawings and paintings of his native country site. By 1956 his
works were shown in his first one-man show in his village. In
1958, Rabuzin won first prize at the Federal Exhibition of
Yugoslav Amateur Painters at Zagreb. His second one-man show
was held at the Gallery of NaÔve Art in Zagreb. This marked
the start of his incredibly productive carrier and the
beginning of his most original style in naÔve art. Because of
his growing success, Rabuzin was able to quit his job at the
furniture factory in 1963 and devote himself full-time to
painting. In 1969 he was awarded the Henri Rousseau prize in
Bratislava. Since then his works have been shown in many
important exhibitions in his own country, as well as
throughout the world. Jaro Art Galleries, New York featured a
major One-man exhibition of Rabuzinís work in 1985. The show
was a complete sell-out.
Rabuzin works are known for his pleasing, most of the time
pastel and sometimes bright colors. Typical subjects are
landscapes with free flowing puffy clouds, small villages,
hills and oversized colorful flowers.
the pleasure and privilege to meet and get to know this genius
of an artist, who comes around only once in a lifetime.
Jaro Fine Arts, are very saddened by the news that Ivan
Rabuzin passed away on December 18, 2008. He will be for ever
remembered, not only as a great artist, but as a great human
being and a friend.