Mlinar works to create an almost three-dimensional effect to his highly realistic paintings.  Sometimes he employs bold, strong solid color to draw the eye to a focal point of special interest, and at other times, the color is graded in subtle nuances of tone.  There is a controlled calm and sense of quiet order to his work that communicates peace and tranquility.


Frane Mlinar was born in Split, Croatia in 1959, and began his artistic training in 1975 at the High School of Art in Graphic Design.  In 1981 he graduated from the Art Academy of Sarajevo.  The following year, at the young age of 23, Mlinar became the youngest member of the Croatian Association of Fine Arts.  In 1984 he completed his Masters Degree in Teaching Art Technique. 

Mlinar's early career was focused in the field of graphic design, working on technical illustrations and visual identity.  In 1987 he moved into the field of fine art to become Curator of the Diocletian Art Gallery.  Surrounded by quality fine art, Mlinar knew his calling was as an original fine artist.  Mlinar says, "I was blown away by the precision that I found in old master paintings. And was especially impressed with an amazing attention to detail on very small sized paintings and a freshness of the paint that was several centuries old.  That became a real challenge to me and I've decided that with today's art materials, it would be a shame to not give it a try.  I'm trying to reach perfection with my paintbrush only."

Since joining the Croatian hyper-realism movement in 1988, Mlinar has succeeded in becoming on the leading masters of the movement. Critically acclaimed throughout Croatia, Europe and the United States, Mlinar's work can be found in the prominent art collections of the President of the Croatian Parliament and the Deputy Chairman of the Croatian American Society. In addition, this artist's work can also be found in the Croatian Embassy collection in Washington, D.C.

His art has been exhibited widely in his homeland where he enjoys national recognition and his work is in the personal collection of the President of the Republic of Croatia. He has also exhibited in Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and throughout the U.S.

Mlinar's work strives to impart to the world a much calmer view of his native land. Now a resident of the United States, Mlinar continues to paint his native Croatia, where "the sea forever talks with stony coasts and white shores, and the wind is felt like a lover as it whispers to my soul."  His coastal scenes mirror the traditions of the ancient fishing villages along the Adriatic Sea where life remained unchanged for the last 100 years.