Franjo Filipović was born in 1930 and spent his whole life in Hlebine.
He hung out with the first generation of naïve people – Krsto Hegedušić, Franjo Mraz, Mirko Virius and uncle Ivan Generalić – who had been gathered in the group “Zemlja” since 1930.
He had his first exhibition in 1946.
As early as around 1950, his painting acquired an original quality, and pure and open colorism typical of the representatives of the second generation of the Hlebine circle prevailed.
He has participated in hundreds of exhibitions at home and abroad, such as London, Edinburgh, Moscow, Budapest, Vienna, Hamburg, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Zurich and others.
He is one of the most important members of the second generation of the Hlebine School of Painting, and his works are represented in numerous private and public collections, galleries and museums in Croatia, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
His oldest works are in the permanent exhibition of the Hlebina Gallery of Naive Art.
Filipović tirelessly painted and exhibited scenes from rural life, landscapes and still lifes for about 50 years, until his illness bothered him.
Franjo Filipović died in 2009 in Hlebine.
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