This Croatian-American painter lives and works in Washington and is known in Europe for his aquarelles. He has staged solo exhibitions around the world, including the USA, France, Germany and Croatia.

An exhibition opened at the Gallery of the Croatian Heritage Foundation in the city of Dubrovnik on August 17th featuring the work of a Croatian-American painter that left the homeland almost half a century ago and that has lived in the USA for over twenty years.

Mladen (Gino) Novak was born in Zagreb in 1948. He received his education at the Maksimir Art School in the Croatian capital. His teacher and mentor was professor Oton Gliha, whose works are exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

Novak left Croatia in 1966 and continued his education. He studied painting technique in New York for two years and then attended an art college in Ethiopia. He speaks seven languages.

Novak is known in Europe for his aquarelles. His style is impressionist and characterised by the use of strong colours.
He moved to the USA in September of 1988 and is said to be one of the best selling painters in the country.

He earned his reputation with the technique of painting on tin panels, which he has patented. His works can be found at some of the best-known galleries across the USA. He has staged solo exhibitions around the world, including the USA, France, Germany and Croatia. His grandfather was a native of Dubrovnik, but he now lives and works in Washington.