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."
Detail, color, composition and sense of order are hallmarks of Frane Mlinar's work.
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.