Gorazd Bezjak - Creation of new Croatia
Creation of new Croatia – 280 x 180 cm
20. siječnja 2019.
Gorazd Bezjak - The fleet of king Zvonimir
The fleet of king Zvonimir, oil on canvas – 190 x 140 cm
20. siječnja 2019.

The suffering of Croatian people - Bleiburg, oil on canvas – 280 x 180 cm

Today Bleiburg stands as a synonym, symbol and metaphor for all Croatian suffering from the side of communist “victors” in 1945. It is from Bleiburg that the imprisoned soldiers and civilians started on horrific death marches. Today these casualties are a symbol of Croatian suffering and have surely been one of the most difficult for the Croatian people. Today Bleiburg stands as a synonym for the biggest suffering in the history of croatian people.
On the path from Bleiburg through what was then Yugoslavia, hundreds of thousands of Croats were executed in various ways and found in mass graves.. The image depicts a four file formation including people of various profiles leading criminals and innocent alike to their death. The main and indirect instigators are shown at a table on the left side of the painting. The bottom left corner shows an abyss as a symbol of all future mass graves created by the criminal regime lead by Josip Broz Tito.


About the cycle

There are over 500 figures in these 14 paintings, a large part of it being portraits of famous Croatian personalities. The painted canvases span over a 47,12 m2 surface. The technique used was oil on canvas and the execution itself took about 5 years to finish.All the subjects have been thoroughly studied and, with an abundance of sketches and help form multiple archives, this cycle was created.

Croatian history

The paintings were custom made for a client and they create a unique collection which has never before been done on this scale. Although each painting speaks a thousand words, a short description of each painting is provided for better understanding of the subject at hand.

Other paintings

  • Raising the flag on Knin fortress, oil on canvas – 190 x 140 cm

    For centuries Croats have fought for independence against various avaricious invaders from many sides. This painting shows the final realization of a centuries long dream, with a few main figures a victorious Croatian people and the Croatian flag on the Knin fortress.

    Gorazd Bezjak - Raising the flag on Knin fortress
  • Victory of good, oil on canvas – 220 x 180 cm

    The world, though home to sin and evil, also has a lot of good to offer as shown in this painting. The beauty of living is shown through children's play, happy faces and figures who did a lot to benefit the world we live in. A few youthful scenes, altruism in the shape of mother Teresa, help given to the old, advancement of the world depicted in the academic dresses, all reveal optimism and belief in the victory of good over evil.

    Gorazd Bezjak - Victory of good
  • Betrayal – The Hague trial, oil on canvas – 220 x 180 cm

    The painting introduces the main figures of the Hague trial - Ante Gotovina, Markač, Praljak, Norac, Kordić and Glavaš facing the traitors. Presiding judge Meron and Carla del Ponte along with other familiar political lobbies at the table complete this unique composition of positive and negative sides of history.

    Gorazd Bezjak - Betrayal - The Hague trial