Ekarasa Doblanovic is a Italian/Croatian-born, New Zealand artist. Graduated in 2014 with Master Degree (Honours) in Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Her multifaceted creative practice encompasses painting with many solo exhibitions and installation with collaborative and participatory projects "Imagine the Land", working across New Zealand and Australia as well as internationally as her recent large collaborative work “Tocca la terra” at the MACRO ASILO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome and was a finalist at The Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Italy. Her latest local projects included 400 children from two schools over two months to produce a series of eco environmentally inspired murals and illustration books created by the children. She created many intergenerational projects involving schools, retirement villages and the community at large..

Doblanovic’s works embody a strong sense of materiality in which the tactile and haptic quality of colour and organic earth materials heighten the sensation and affect of colour and its material nature. She uses pure pigments and soils to fabricate her own colours to activate a consideration of colour in its truest state as the primary voice of her works. Additionally, her work investigates the collaborative and participatory and social practices where notions of space, ecology, impermanence and human interactions across all generations are explored with the aim to create an empathetic interaction between people, art and nature.


Solo exhibitions: 

2016   Modulated, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2015   Chroma, Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2014   Chroma,  St Paul St Gallery Three. AUT Auckland, NZ
2012   Big Blue, solo painting exhibition, Wallace Morrinsville Gallery  , Morrinsville NZ

2007   Cycles Small Dog Gallery, Devonport Auckland, NZ
1999   Utisci, Photo Art Gallery "Batana", Rovinj, Croatia
1996   Gallery "Ronz" Roc, Croatia

Group exhibitions:

2023  "Small but perfectly formed" group exhibition, Queenstown , NZ

2021  Molly Morphet Canaday Art Award finalist, Whakatane, NZ

2019  Walker & Hall Art Award finalist, Waiheke, NZ

2019  13th Arte Laguna Prize finalist, Venice, Italy

2019  Auckland Art Fair , Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckalnd , NZ

2019  "Out of the box" , Black Asterisk Gallery, Auckland , NZ

2016  25th Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist in the Travelling Show
2015   Molly Morphet Canaday Art Award, Whakatane, NZ
2014   AUT Grad Show, St Paul st Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2013   Trasforming Topographies Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery ,NZ
2014   Glaistor Ennor MA Graduate Award Exhibition, Sanderson Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2008   Ethnicity, Upstairs Gallery, Titirangi, NZ
2003   Mundial Photofestival, Museum Rovinj, Croatia
2001   Mundial Photofestival, Museum Rovinj, Croatia
2000   Mundial Photofestival, Museum Rovinj, Croatia
1998   Gallery San Tommaso with Association "Block" Rovinj, Croatia
1998   Saloon of Photography, Osijek, Croatia
1996   International of Photography F.K. Maribor, Slovenija
1996   International of Photography, Pieve di Soligo (Treviso), Italy

Participatory/Community projects:

2023  Castello di Rivoli d'Arte Contemporanea, Education Department 4 days presentation of environmental childrens workshops, Rivoli,  Italy

2023  The Secret Life of Te Henga in collaboration with Matuku Link Wetland Reserve with birdwood Primary School, funded by Creatives in Schools-Ministry of Education, Auckland, NZ

2023  Te Secret Life of Waitakere Ranges in collaboration with Arataki Ranges Regional Park Education and Green Bay Primary Schools, funded by Creatives in Schools- Ministry of Education, Auckland, NZ

2022  Under Our Feet, in collaboration with Soil Safe Aotearoa Auckland University and Green Bay Primary School over 100 children involved in eco tile murals, funded by Creatives in Schools- Ministry of Education, Auckland, NZ

2022  Waitakere soil colours exploration with Birdwood Primary School, Auckland, NZ

2021  Intergenerational collaborative eco tile mural with Birdwood Primary School, Henderson Massey Chines cultural group, St Dominic's Girls College, Rosridge Rest Home, Soil Safe Aoteroa Univerity of Auckland, Ranui Library and Te Manawa Community Hub. Auckland, NZ

2021   Afhgani Women  Cultural Group eco tile mural, Mangere, Auckland,NZ

2021   Twoghether, collaborative paper making and poetry community project, Te Manawa Community Hub, Auckland,NZ

2021   New Beginnings, Community collaborative installation project, Stainer School Titirangi, Auckland, NZ

2021   Kids Guerenica collaborative project with Third Paradise Project, Nagasaki Japan and Green Bay Primary School, Auckland, NZ

2020  Intergenerational Painting Pen Pal Project, Green Bay Primary School and Pine Song Retirement Village, Auckland, NZ

2019  Intergenerational Eco Tile Mural Project Avondale and Whau Art Festival, Auckland, NZ

2019  Tocca la Terra by Imagine the Land partecipatory soil installation at MACRO ASILO Ambiente #2  Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Italy

2018   Whanui, Auckland Arts Festival, an intergenerational project in conjunction with Lynfield College
and Age Concern, Auckland, NZ
2016   Oneone , Te Uru Contemprary art Gallery (Learning Centre) Auckland, NZ
2014   Rebirth Day Project, in collaboration with Third Paradise by Michelangelo Pistoletto
Woodford Folk Festival,Brisbane, AUS

2013   La Rosa Park daylighting project, Auckland, NZ
2013   What Lies Beneath, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland NZ
2012   Nelson Rhythms, Evolve Festival, Nelson NZ
2011   Death and Diversity, Museum of City and Sea, Wellington NZ
2012   Global Elders Gathering ,Cairns, AUS

2011   Earth Rhythms/ Rebirth Day Project in collaboration with Third Paradise by Michelangelo Pistoletto, Wallace
Morrinsville Gallery, NZ
2011   Sky Above, Earth Below, Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton NZ
2011   Kaipara Sculpture Park, Auckland NZ
2011   E-Scape, Waitakaruru Sculpture Park, Hamilton, NZ
2010   Papatuanuku, Pacifica Grandmothers Council, Auckland, NZ
2010   TINA Art Festival, Newcastle, AUS
2009   Weaving the Circle, The Fringe Festival, Wellington, NZ

Artist Residencies:

2021  Embedded Practices, UNIDEE University of Ideas , Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto , Biella, Italy

2015   Group Matters Module-Unidee-The University of Ideas, Cittadellarte, Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto,
Biella, Italy
2013   Lines in the Sand, Artist Residency, Imagine the land, Strandbroke Island,AU


2019  13th edition Arte Laguna Prize finalists , Venice, Italy

2015   Bhoomi, The Living Soil, Published by Navdanya/Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology India
2012   Michelangelo Pistoletto. “Année 1, la paradis sur terre” Published by Musee de Louvre, France


MOCA Cultural Assosiation of Contemporary Art, Venice, Italy

Sir James Wallace Collection, New Zealand
AUT , Auckland University of Technology, Auckland,NZ

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