Manuela's Illustrations

Illustrations for children picture books



M A N U E L A     V L A D I C  -  M A S T R U K O


Manuela Vladic - Mastruko was born in 1962 and grew up in Zadar, Croatia. She went on to finish her schooling in Zagreb and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Professor Ferdinand Kulmer in 1985.

She has had a number of one-person shows and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Alongside her professional involvement in art, she conducts practical research in the field of human visual expressiveness and creativity. She is the author of a number of multimedia  art projects for children and adults and now co-operates with museums and galleries by organizing and managing art projects for visitors.

Manuela was a member of several juries devoted to art and illustration. She has written and illustrated 13 original picture books for children and written number of articles on art .

In 2014 Manuela created and co-organized ARTEINSULA, a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization focused on creativity in art for children and adults and phenomena of childhood and growing up.  Her multimedia art in progress project “Island of Childhood” (started in 2008) is devoted to the children and people on small Croatian islands through presentations of her picture books, art workshops and exhibitions, in order to build creative networks between children and adults and their social and cultural environment. 

 She is a member of the Croatian Artists Society, the Croatian Association of Independent Artists and Croatian writers society.

                                 Manuela lives in Zagreb and Zadar, Croatia. 






1986 – Rome, The scholarship of the Italian Cultural Center, Italy

1988 – Paris, Residency Cite Internationale des Art, France

2007 - Bratislava, UNESCO,  Albin Brunovsky workshop, BIB, Slovakia

2016 – Komiza, Island of Vis, „Acting for Animators“, under supervision of Ed Hooks,              Zagreb film, Croatia

2018 – Zagreb, The scholarship of the Ministry of Culture, Croatia




1986 – Zagreb, Gallery Vladimir Nazor

          - Zagreb, Spektar Gallery of Culture Centre Novi Zagreb

1987 – Zagreb, Gallery of Student’s Centre (together with V. Delimar i D. Losic)

          - Zagreb, Gallery INA-Project

          - Dubrovnik, Gallery Sesame

          - Motovun, Gallery Motovun

1988 - Zagreb, HDLUZ, Gallery of Extended Media (Galerija Prosirenih medija)

          -Zagreb, Centre for Culture and Information (Kulturno informativni centar)

          -Zadar, TN Zaton, Gallery Alan

1989 –Gallery of Centre for Culture and Education Mosa Pijade

1990   -Munich, Gallery Scorpion

           -Zagreb, the National and University Library (Nacionalna i sveucilisna 


1996 – Zagreb, KGZ, Library Voltino

1997 – Zagreb, Gallery Miroslav Kraljevic

          -  Rijeka, Gallery Gal

1998 – Zadar, Gallery Morsky

2001 – Zagreb, Gallery Karas, “Consume Art I”

          - Rijeka, Gallery OK, “Consume Art II”

2002 – Zagreb, the Windows Gallery (Galerija Prozori)

2003 – Zagreb, the Studio of the Museum of Contemporary Art “Melissa in Candy   

             Land ( Studio Muzeja suvremene umjetnosti )

2005 – Karlovac, Gallery ZILIK

          - Zagreb, Centre for Culture and Education, Gallery the Ideal Town

            (Galerija Idealni grad)

2006 -  Zagreb, Gallery Vladimir Nazor, “Uroboras”

2009 - Veli Losinj, "Otok djetinjstva" (Island of Childhood) ; Tower Gallery,

           (Muzejsko-galerijski prostor Kula)

         - Hvar, Arsenal Gallery, "Island of Chilhood"

2010 - Zadar, Gina Gallery, "Island of Chilhood"

2013 - Bjelovar, City Museum Bjelovar; Nasta Rojc Gallery

         - Preko, Island Ugljan, POU Dpm na zalu, "Island of Chilhood" 

2014 -  Island of Ugljan, Preko, Gallery PUO Dom na zalu, „Gentle Giants, (with

            Dubravka Kolanović), Croatia

2015 -  Novo mesto, Slovenija, Gallery Miran Jarca, Novo mesto, „Island of Childhood            IV“, Slovenia 

2017 –  Zagreb, Gallery Oblok, KGZ Sesvete, Croatia 

        -  Zagreb, Gallery Kupola, KGZ Zagreb, Croatia 





A W A R D S     A N D    A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S


1986 – Crikvenica, the Art Colony “Gorica 85” Award

1987 – Zadar, the 6. Zadar Youth Art Salon Acknowledgement

1988 – Zagreb, Fund for Art Improvement “Mosa Pijade”

1990 - Zagreb, the National and University Library Award on the 22. Youth Art


2005  –Zagreb,  “The Sheep in the Box” Award for the best Croatian Picture Book

           by the Art organisation “The Author’s House” (“Ovca u kutiji")

2005 - Zagreb, The Certificate of a Claim of the Grigor Vitez  Award for art design of

           the book edition “Good day Mister Andersen”

2007 – Zagreb, Award on the 5th Festival of the First

2010-  Zagreb, the 3. award on the 3. Croatian Illustrations Biennial

2013 – Zagreb, „Sheep in the Box“award for the best Croatian picture book, Croatia

2014  - Zagreb, Mention of Grigor Vitez award for the picture book „Mauro- the Blue Whale“, Croatia

2016 - Diploma Honor list International Board on Book for Young People, New Zealand

2017 - Novi Sad, IlluBook Fest, award for picture book „Otto and Valentine“, Serbia 




G R O U P       E X H I B I T I O N S


1984 – Zagreb, Gallery of the Student’ Centre, “The Graphic – The Drawing – The

              Young ones and new ones...” (Galerija Studentskog centra)

          -Zagreb, the Student’s Culture Centre, the Review of Youth Art Creation

             (Galerija Studentskog kulturnog centra)

          - Zagreb, Gallery Vladimir Nazor, the Exhibition of Students of Academy of

              Fine Arts

         - Gornja Radnja, the Youth Centre House Gallery, the Exhibition of the

           Students of The Acdemy of Fine Arts (Galerija Omladinskog doma)


1985 – Zadar, Gallery of Arts, the 4. Youth Art Salon (Galerija umjetnina)

          - Zagreb, Art Pavilion, the 18. Youth Art salon (Umjetnicki paviljon)

          - Zagreb, Gallery Vladimir Nazor, The Exhibition of the Academy of Fine arts


          - Crikvenica, the Open Air Gallery, the 2. Art Colony

         - Zagreb, the Istrian Student’s Club, The Exhibition of the Academy of Fine                  Arts Students (Klub studenata Istre)


1986 – Zagreb, Gallery Karas, XIV Exhibition of the Members of the Croatian 

             Artists Society  

          -  Titov Vrbas, “Yu – Youth Art Palette

          -  Rijeka, the Modern Gallery, the 14. Youth Biennale (Moderna  galerija )

          -  Poreč, XXVII Annale, the Istrian Council Hall, “Water, Metaphor and

             Destiny (Istarska sabornica)

          -  Zagreb, the Art Pavilion, the 19. Youth Art Salon (Umjetnicki paviljon)

          -  Zadar, Gallery of Arts, the 6. Youth Art Salon (Galerija umjetnina)


1988 – Zadar, Gallery of Arts, The 7.Youth Art Salon (Galerija umjetnina)

          - Zagreb, HAZU’S Gliptoteque, the 3.Triennial of Croatian Sculpture

          - Grožnjan, the Youth Culture Centre, “Who Are You Mister Umpah-

           Pah?” (Kulturni centar mladih)


1989 - Pancevo, the Contemporary Art gallery of Culture Centre

            “Olga Petrov”, the 5. Exhibition of Yugoslavian Sculpture

          - Murska Sobota, The Gallery of Culture Center ”Misko Kranjec” the 9.

            Yugoslavian Exhibition of Small Sculptures

           -Zagreb, Gallery Karas, the Recent Works of Members of the

            Gallery of Extended Media (Galerija prosirenih medija)

           -Zagreb, the Art Pavilion, the 21. Youth Art Salon

           -Dubrovnik, the Art Gallery, the 8. Art Salon (Umjetnicka galerija )

          -Zadar, Gallery of Arts, the 8. Youth Art salon

          -Bologna, “Who Are You Mister Umpah-Pah?”

          -Ljubljana, the Cankar’s Hall, the 9. Yugoslavian Biennale of

           Small sculptures (Cankarjev dom)


1990 – Ljubljana, the Cankar’s Hall, “Who Are You Mister Umah-Pah?”

          - Munich, Gallery Meneghello, “The Garden of Eden”

          - Hanover, “Colour – The Aspect of Life”, Gedok

          - Zagreb, the 16. Zagreb Exhibition of Yugoslavian Print,

            YAZU’S Print Cabinet

         - Zagreb, Art Pavilion, the 25. Zagreb Art Salon (Umjetnicki paviljon)

         - Moscow, Keptee Szombathely, the 9. Yugoslavian Biennale of small


         - Zadar, City Lodge, the 13. Blue Art Salon (Gradska loza)

         - Zagreb, Gallery Karas, the Art Pavilion, the 22. Youth Art Salon


1991 – Rijeka, the Modern Gallery, the 16. Youth Art Biennale


1992 - Poreč, the Istrian Council Hall, XXXII Annale (Istarska sabornica)


1993 -Zagreb, the Modern Gallery, the New Croatian Art (Moderna galerija)


1995 -Zagreb, Klovicevi dvori, the 30. Zagreb Art Salon (Muzejski prostor)


1996 -Zagreb, HAZU’S Print Cabinet, the 1. Croatian Drawing Triennale

         -Zagreb, Gallery Spektar,


1997 – New York, Croatian Artist against Lymphoma and Leukaemia


2001 – Bratislava, the 18. Illustrations Biennale


2002 – Zagreb, the Croatian Artists Hall, the 36. Zagreb Art salon


2003 – Bratislava, the 19. Illustrations Biennale

          - Zagreb, the Croatian Artists Hall, the Little Spy Hole Box (Dom Hrvatskih

            likovnih umjetnika)


2005 – Sibenik, the International Children Festival, the Gallery of Sibenik Town

          - Zagreb, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Gojislav Kalapac and his Friends

          - Bratislava, the 20. Illustrations Biennale


2006 – Zadar, Arsenal, Gojislav Kalapac and his Friends

           -Zagreb, HAZU’S Gliptoteque, the 40. Zagreb Art Salon

          -Zagreb, The 1. Croatian Illustrations Biennale

         - Zagreb, Gallery  Windows (Prozori), “Do You Celebrate Christmas?”


2007 – Bratislava, the 20. Illustrations Biennale

          -Zagreb, Gallery Windows (Prozori), The 5th Festival of the First

          -Rovinj, Multimedia Centre, 10 + 1 Exhibition of illustrations


2008 – Zagreb, ULUPUH Gallery, “Me, My Flag”

         -  Zagreb, The 2. Croatian Illustrations Biennale

2009 - Bratislava, the 22. Bratislava Illustrations Biennale

2010- Zagreb, the 3. Croatiam Illustrations Biennale; Klovicevi dvori Gallery

        - the 42. zagrebacki salon, Dom HDLU-a

2011- Bjelovar,  Gradski muzej Bjelovar, Nasta Rojc Gallery

        - Bratislava, the 23.  Bratislava Illustrations Biennale

2012- Zagreb, the 4. Croatian illustrations Biennale, Klovicevi dvori Gallery

        - Zagreb, Simultanost geneze, Galerija ULUPUH 



U R B A N    A R T    A C T I V I T E S    

A N D    I N S T A L A T I O N S


1985 – Zagreb, “PUNZ 85”, the Little Mimara Museum, the Slobostina borough

1986 – Zagreb, the Culture Solidarity for Gracani borough

1995 – Zagreb, “Mikulici 95”, the Original Conception of Multimedia Happenings for  

             The restauration of Pongrac Castle

2002 – Zagreb, the Urban Festival, “Take a Rest”

2003 - Athens, Installation “The Cradle” (for the Olympics Games)




T H E    O R I G I N A L    P I C T U R E    B O O K S


2000 – “Puzic slikar” (“Snail the Painter”), Zagreb, Kasmir Promet publisher

          -  “Brojko” (“The Counter Nummba”), Zagreb, Kasmir Promet publisher


2001 – “Bajka o cistoj sumi” (“The Tale of the Clean Forest”),Zagreb,  Naklada Haid


2002 - “Piko u svemiru” (“Piko in Space”), Zagreb, Naklada Haid publisher


2003 - “Duga”  (“The Rainbow”), Zagreb, Naklada Haid publisher


2004 – “Pauk Oto” (“Otto the Spider”), Zagreb, Naklada Hiad publisher


2005 - “Pustolovina pauka Ota” (“The Adventure of Otto the Spider”), Naklada Haid


2009. –“ San o moru” ( “The Dream of the Sea”), Sipar, Zagreb


2010 -  “Pravi prijatelji” (“The Thrue Friends”), Golden marketing, Zagreb


2013 - "Mauro-plavetni kit" (Mauro-the Blue Whale") , Sipar, Zagreb


2014. – „Marino“, Zagreb, Naklada Sipar


2016. –„Oto i Valentina“, (Otto and Valentine“) Zagreb, Naklada Sipar



2018. – „ Cic i Mic“, ( „Kitt and Katt“) Zagreb, Naklada Sipar

"The Adventures of Otto the Spider"

M A N U E L A     V L A D I C  -  M A S T R U K O



Manuela Vladić-Maštruko rođena je 1962. godine. Odrasla je u Zadru, školovala se u Zagrebu gdje je 1985. godine diplomirala slikarstvo na Akademiji likovnih umjetnosti, u klasi profesora Ferdinanda Kulmera.

Priredila je 32 samostalne izložbe i sudjelovala na brojnim skupnim izložbama u Hrvatskoj i inozemstvu. Uz profesionalni umjetnički rad bavi se praktičnim i istraživačkim radom u području dječjeg likovnog stvaralaštva. Godine 1995. osniva Likovni studio za djecu i mlade Mela, a 2014. udrugu Arte Insula za interkulturalni dijalog. Autorica je brojnih multimedijalnih projekata za djecu i odrasle. Surađuje s brojnim kulturnim institucijama i odgojno-obrazovnim ustanovama na osmišljavanju i vođenju pedagoških programa vezanih uz kulturne sadržaje. Napisala je i ilustrirala 12 autorskih slikovnica te ilustrirala brojne slikovnice hrvatskih i stranih književnika za djecu. Povremeno objavljuje eseje iz područja umjetnosti i stručne članke na temu ilustracije. Upravo je režirala svoj prvi animirani film prema svojoj prvoj autorskoj slikovnici Pužić slikar u produkciji Zagreb filma.

Za svoj umjetnički rad primila je više nagrada i priznanja.

Članica je Hrvatskog društva likovnih umjetnika,  Hrvatske zajednice samostalnih umjetnika i Hrvatskog društva pisaca.

 Živi i radi u Zagrebu i Zadru

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 Illustrations for the farytale "The Snow Queen", H.C. Andersen

Illustrations for the farytale "The Snow Queen", H.C. Andersen 



          A U T O R S K E     S L I K O V  N I C E


2000. - „Puzić slikar“, Zagreb, Kasmir promet

           -„Brojko“, Zagreb, Kasmir promet

2001. – “Bajka o cistoj šumi“, Zagreb, Naklada Haid

2002. – „Piko u svemiru“, Zagreb, Naklada Haid

2003. – „Duga“, Zagreb, Naklada Haid,

2004. - „Pauk Oto“, Zagreb, Naklada Haid,

2005. - „Pustolovina pauka Ota“, Zagreb, Naklada Haid,

2009.-  «Pravi prijatelji», Zagreb, Golden marketing,

          -  «San o moru», Zagreb, Naklada Sipar

2013.-  „Mauro-plavetni kit“, Zagreb, Naklada Sipar

2014. – „Marino“, Zagreb, Zagreb, Naklada Sipar

2016. –„Oto i Valentina“, Zagreb, Naklada Sipar

2018. – „ Cic i Mic“, Zagreb, Naklada Sipar 




Illustrations for the picture book "Thrue Friends", 2009

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