Ivan Kožarić (Petrinja, 1921) graduated sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art in Zagreb in 1947; He completed his studies in 1949 at the master class of the sculptor Antun Augustinčić. He began exhibiting in 1953 and his first one man show was held in 1955. From the beginning of his career, Kožarić showed a tendency toward sudden changes in the formal language of his artistic practice. He was a member of the legendary art group Gorgona. His work won numerous awards and in 1977 he was awarded the 'Vladimir Nazor" life achievement award. That same year he became a member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Art. Ivan Kožarić lives in Zagreb.