Zdenko Svirčić was born in 1924 in Split. Already in early youth he started drawing and modeling and as a very attentive observer he soon modeled portraits and busts according to models. His uncle, the famous photographer Karl Stühler, supported him in his artistic career. After high school, Zdenko had joined the NOB in 1944. After the war, he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts (ALU) in Zagreb in the class of professors Fran Krsinic and Grga Antunac. During his studies, he met and loved Ružica Peter, also a sculptor, and later founded a family with her. His talent was already recognized in this time, so that he soon worked as a freelancer in the weekly Vjesnik (1950). In parallel, he started his career as a cartoonist in Miki Strip. "Zasjeda na Mediteranu", "Roski buntovnici" by Scenarist Marcel Čukli, was published in 1954.
Since 1952, when the weekly Vjesnik u srijedu started, he has regularly produced illustrations as well as drawn cover pictures. He illustrated the then famous features such as "Iza kulisa 2 svjetskog rata", "Obala u magli" and others. In Plavi vjesnik he illustrated between 1960 and 1968 some comics such as "Gusari na Atlantiku" and "U ledenoj pustinji". In his career he worked with Fadil Hadzic, Dusan Vukotic and other greats. In public, he became known to a wide audience for his illustrations on the front page of the weekly newspaper Arena. This was true for decades, as a kind of chronicle, the testimony of bizarre events from everyday life and thus reached the remotest towns of Ex-Yugoslavia.
Unfortunately, this colorful and above all dynamic and communicative era ended abruptly with the introduction of new graphic technologies. Zdenko Svirčić had to adapt his sphere of activity quickly; As Creative Director of the Design Department of the company IKOM, he led a team from 1973 to 1979, mainly for the federal defense ministry plaques and arranges. It was very stressful for him, in addition to the creative work to handle many management tasks. In addition, there was a busy travel, which had damaged his health. At the same time, the press again commissioned him with special orders. He collaborated with the publishers Stvarnost, Mladost, Skolska knjiga and the Illustrated Arena and Globus. In addition, he also designed brochures, movie posters (such as Pakleni Otok) and vignettes. On request he also painted portraits, as well as copies of Renaissance masters.
1996 he suffered a stroke and had to end his professional career. Despite the limited motor skills he models for himself miniatures. He and his wife Ružica Peter created their house and the garden with a lot of creative potential. As a versatile intellectual, he did not lose his interest in culture and politics until his last breath. He died in his house on 23.12.2016 in the circle of his family.
Zdenko Svircic (1924 - 2016).akad. kipar koji je svoj opus posvetio novinskoj ilustraciji, ilustratorskoj formi koja je danas potpuno marginalizirana i gotovo nestala. U cijeloj bivsoj Jugoslaviji bio je poznat po svojim ilustracijama na zadnjoj strani Arene, a kao crtac stripova uvrsten je i u svjetsku enciklopediju stripa.
Zdenko Svircic (1924-2016) was a Croatian cartoonist - illustrator and academic artist. He was born in Split but has lived since his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Throughout Yugoslavia he became famous for his illustrations in the magazine Arena.
Zdenko Svircic (1924-2016) war ein kroatischer Cartoonist - Illustrator und akademischer Künstler. Er wurde in Split geboren, lebte aber seit seiner Ausbildung an der Akademie für bildende Künste in Zagreb. In ganz Jugoslawien wurde er berühmt durch seine Illustrationen in der Zeitschrift Arena.