Born in Zadar, Croatia, Branka Ridicki currently lives and works as full time artist in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She graduated History of Art and Italian language and Literature in Zagreb, Croatia.
Branka Ridicki has worked in a variety of media, including photography, film and painting. She worked for radio, television and in film. She was teaching History of Art and History of Interior Design at Academy of Design in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2003/2004). Branka also finished Lazur Rok Lumezi silver jewlery making master workshop (2008/2009) and glass fusing workshops at Tapiker, center for glass and ceramics in Zagreb (2010/2011).
Through the numerous travels and movings to different countries due to her work in documentery film projects and later due to her husband's work in diplomacy, she developed an interest in different cultures insisting on intercultural dialog in her art.
Her paintings have been the subject of solo and group exhibitions, including Kapetanova kula Gallery, Zadar, Croatia, CITY GATE, 2016; Paradise Road Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, STORIES ABOUT CITIES, 2014; the 10th Cairo Biennial, 2007; Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, Mahmoud Mokhtar Cultural Centre, Cairo, Egypt, VIAGGIO, 2007; Museum of Ancient Art Zadar, Croatia, VIAGGIO, 2010.
Branka's work has been acquired by institutional collections and by private collectors around the world.
My art is a process of self-discovery through the inspiration I draw from nature, architecture and different cultures. My paintings depict histories of urban heritage, parallels between my childhood memories and the cultures that I encounter on my journeys.
During my formative years in Dalmatia, I witnessed the aging architecture and time-worn columns of a residual ancient town existing side by side with contemporary urban life. Space therefore became a methodological instrument in my art. I identify the borders and notions of ‘place’ as changing products of human invention.
I explore the boundaries between the memory and the reality of a place. It is an attempt at representing our existence through the dichotomy of history versus the present time. The space I create is somewhere between the abstract and the representational.
My work presents images of volume units, free-standing edifices, architecture and urban design as a constant of human definition of space. These objects are part of my study of human history because they provide a concrete basis for ideas of the space we live in. Their preservation demonstrates a recognition of the importance of the past and the narration derived from it.