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Anton Cetín

  • born in 1936 in Bojana, Croatia
  • immigrated to Paris in 1966 and to Canada in 1968
  • studied mural techniques at the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb (1954-1959) and graphic arts and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia (1959-1964)

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Painter and printmaker Anton Cetín studied art in Zagreb before moving to Paris in 1966, where he worked as an illustrator. In 1968, he immigrated to Canada, working in advertising design for a time to help his art career. Cetín’s work has been preoccupied with images of Eve in the Garden of Eden, culminating in several one-man shows throughout the 1970s, and continuing on into the 1990s, although he did find interest in depicting the Canadian landscape alone in the 1980s. The preoccupation with the figure of Eve is also with woman in general. As Stuart Reid interprets this work, "Eve is our guide who leads us to the realm of the infinite. The archetypal woman, Eve universally represents the feminine, the spirit of peace and harmony, the giver of life and nurturing force" (1996). Cetín’s work is highly graphic in nature, based on line and the use of forms that float on lushly painted backgrounds suggestive of landscape. A juxtaposition of flowing line and geometric form often adds tension to his works already vibrating with colour. In 1998, thirty years after the artist first began drawing on this theme, he held an exhibition entitled Eve and the Bird: Variations, indicating he had not yet exhausted this inspirational source. Milan Ivaniševic has discussed the series in terms of colour, noting that "when Anton Cetín left his native Bojana, he took with him all the colours in the name of his town and brought them to places where he rested. In all those places the colours were beautiful, but not as beautiful as Bojana . . ." (1998). In a sense, Cetín carried his own Paradise with him wherever he immigrated, sharing it through his artwork. The introduction of the bird into the Eve paintings provides an ambiguous symbol, as the bird represents both the fragility of nature, and the power of nature in its ability to fly. According to Cetín (1996), he uses the bird to show that humanity must live in harmony with nature, as Eve lives in harmony with the bird. In 1986 Cetín returned to Zagreb for his first major exhibition there. Since then he has frequently visited Croatia, Germany, and Austria. Cetín has received several awards and honours, including Artist of the Year from the Canadian Croatian Artists Society in 1986, and the Order of Croatian Danica and the Order of the Croatian Wattle from the President of Croatia in 1995. He is a member of Visual Arts Ontario, the Print Council of Australia, the World Print Council and UNESCO.



1999 Caesarea Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida


1998 Galerija starih i novih majstora, Varazdin, Croatia

Galerija umjetnina, Split, Croatia

Muzej-Franjevacka galerija, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia Herzegovina

Umjetnicka galerija kraljice Katarine Kosaca, Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina

Dom Kulture, Metkovic, Croatia


1997 Gradski muzej Bjelovar, Bjelovar, Croatia

Zavicajni muzej Cazma, Cazma, Croatia

Peter Visser Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Spomen dom, Pazin, Croatia

Istarska sabornica, Porec, Croatia

Galerija Vincent od Kastva I i II, Pula, Croatia


1996 Galerie König-Schalinski, Passau, Germany

MGC Gradec, Zagreb, Croatia


1995 Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany

Toronto Hilton, Toronto, Ontario


1994 Salas Nacionales de Cultura - Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina


1993 Gallery 7, Hong Kong

Embajada de Canadá, Mexico City, Mexico

Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico

Academia de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico


1992 Sony Building Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Galerie Experiment, Stuttgart, Germany

Artwalk VII, Sandpoint, USA


1991 Gallery K, Miyazaki, Japan

Sony Plaza Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1991-90 Galerie König-Schalinski, Passau, Germany


1991-86 Frankfurter Buch Messe, Frankfurt, Germany


1990 Istarsko narodno kazaliste, Pula, Croatia

Oberhausmuseum, Passau, Germany

Galerie Merry Old England, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Kunst Hamburg '90, Hamburg, Germany


1989 Galerija likovnih umjetnosti, Osijek, Croatia

Galerija Dubrava, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Umjetnicki salon, Split, Croatia

Kulturni centar, Rijeka, Croatia


1988 Nacionalna i sveucilisna biblioteka, Zagreb, Croatia

Gradski Muzej, Bjelovar, Croatia


1987 Galerie Evan, Toronto, Ontario

Beverly Gordon Gallery, Dallas, Texas

St Kilian, Wiesbaden, Germany

St Johan und Petrus, Bonn, Germany

Hilton International, Toronto, Ontario

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario

Printmakers Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1986 Galerija Stecak, Klek, Croatia

Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, Croatia

Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1984 City Hall Foyer, Ottawa, Ontario


1983 Gilman Galleries, Chicago, Illinois


1981 Mannheimer Abendakademie, Mannheim, Germany

Salon XX, Bogotá, Colombia


1979 Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Auburn, USA

Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico


1978 Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario


1975 Galerie Krause, Zurich, Switzerland

Lillian Markus Studio, Toronto, Ontario


1974 Galerie Le Creuset, Brussels, Belgium

Hart House Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1973 Centennial Art Gallery, Oakville, Ontario


1971 Theatre in Camera, Toronto, Ontario


1969 Collectors Cabinet Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1968 Atelier E. Noël, Paris, France



1997 Croatian Horizons
MCG Klovicevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia


1996 Croatian Contemporary Art
Olympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia


1995 Aaron Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario


1993 Art Asia '93
Convention Centre, Hong Kong


1992 Michael Pierce Gallery, Seattle, Washington


1991 Sony Plaza Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1990 Artists' Books -- Made in Canada VI
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario


1989 Exhibition of Croatian Art
Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta (travelling)


1987 C-I-L Collection
Toronto, Ontario (travelling)


1986 First Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art
Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1986-84 Mini Prints 1984
Melbourne, Australia (travelling)


1985 International Exhibition of Small Graphics
Lodz, Poland

Il Cabo Frio International Print Biennial
Cabo Frio, Brazil (travelling)


1983 III Mini Prints International
Cadaques Galleries, Cadaques, Spain; Cadaques and Taller Galeria Fort, Barcelona, Spain


1982-80 Artexpo NY
New York Coliseum, New York, New York


1982 Rothmans Permanent Collection, Canadian National Exhibition
Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto, Ontario

II Mini Prints International
Space Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea


1981 6th International Art Friendship Exhibit
Tokyo, Japan


1980 5th International Art Friendship Exhibit
Tokyo, Japan


1979 Colectivo Palmo International Graphics
Grabado Internacional, Malagá, Spain

4th International Art Friendship Exhibit
Tokyo, Japan


1978 Enrichissement du Cabinet des Estampes 1974-1978
Bibliothčque Nationale de France, Paris, France

Aviva 26th Annual Art Exhibit
Toronto, Ontario

3rd International Art Friendship Exhibition
Mitsubishi Skyring Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Canadian Graphics
Galerie Alexandre, Teheran, Iran


1977 Canadian Consulate General, Los Angeles, California

Ontario Now 2
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario

Exhibition of Graphics
Weintraub Gallery, New York, New York

Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France

2nd Annual Washington International Art Fair
Washington, D.C.

2nd International Art Friendship Exhibition
Mitsubishi Skyring Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


1976 First International Art Friendship Exhibition
Japan International Artists Club, Tokyo, Japan

Il bijenale suvremene hrvatske grafike
Umjetnicki salon, Split, Croatia

Portraits on Paper
J. Morris Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1974 Isetan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

American Printmakers' 26th Annual
Brockton Art Center, Brockton, Massachusetts

Canadian Painters-Etchers and Engravers' Annual
Sir George William University Art Gallery, Montréal, Québec

International Contemporary Art
Galerie Crozier, Lyon, France

CSGA Annual
Public Library and Art Museum, London, Ontario

International Drawings
Alberta College of Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta


1973 V Palme d'Or des Beaux-Arts
Galerie Charles Despeaux, Palais de la Scala, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Graphex I
Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario

Canadian Printmakers' Showcase
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario


1972 N. Copernicus and His Thought
Museum of Modern Art, Krakow, Poland (travelling)


1971-69 Exhibition of International Graphics
Picture Loan Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


1967 Exhibition of Graphics
Art Gallery of Vukovar, Vukovar, Croatia


1964 Umjetnicki paviljon, Zagreb, Croatia


1961 Studentski centar, Zagreb, Croatia



Academia de San Carlos, Mexico City, Mexico
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
Bibliothčque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Bureau of Art Exhibition Collection, Lodz, Poland
Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France
C-I-L Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Coopers & Lybrand, Toronto, Ontario
Council for Business and Arts in Canada, Toronto, Ontario
Croatian Fraternal Union of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Esso Resources of Canada, Calgary, Alberta
External Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario
Galeria Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico
Galeria Misrachi, Mexico City, Mexico
Galerie Inuit, Mannheim, Germany
Museo del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico
Muzejsko-galerijski centar, Zagreb, Croatia
Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Zagreb, Croatia
Nacionalna i sveucilisna biblioteka, Zagreb, Croatia
National Library of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Oberhausmuseum, Passau, Germany
Ontario Collection, Toronto, Ontario
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Rothmans Benson & Hedges, Toronto, Ontario
Sony Plaza, Tokyo, Japan
Salas Nacionales - Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Salon XX, Bogotá, Colombia
Unesco Art Educational League, Tokyo, Japan
University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan
Vatican Collection



Milic, Alen W. Eve. 24 mins. Videocassette. Toronto: Arctic Jungle Films Inc., 1998.

Two Sides of a Shadow: The Life and Art of Anton Cetín. Toronto: V-Art Productions Ltd, 1993.



Cetín, Anton. Etchings, Lithographs, Collages, Aquatints, Paintings, Drawings: September 14- October 15, 1978. Hamilton, Ontario: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 1978.

Ivanisevic, Milan. "Anton Cetin finds paradise."  In Eve and the Bird Variations, 7. Zagreb, Croatia: 1996.

Reid, Stuart. "Variations on Eve: The work of Anton Cetin." In Eve and the Bird Variations, 9. Zagreb, Croatia: 1996.



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