Humorous sculpture of a weightlifter holding his weight in the air.

Games and players hold a respectable position in Lipovac’s oeuvre thanks to the artist’s successful articulation and clever treatment of various types of games. Moreover, his ideals of form are benevolent and humorous in nature. His middle-aged and overweight competitors are hobbyists rather athletes in their prime.


  • Title: Weightlifter
  • Date Created: 1994 - 1995
  • Location Created: Croatia
  • Sculptor and painter: Vasko Lipovac
  • Physical Dimensions: w115 x h100 x d40 cm (Complete)
  • Artistic school or movement: At the end of high school in Kotor, he settled down in Zagreb, Croatia, and entered the Academy of Applied Arts in 1950. He took sculpture courses with Kosta Angeli Radovani and graduated in painting with Željko Hegedušic in 1955. He then worked in the studio of Krsto Hegedušic, where he found the opportunity to explore his own artistic world within the contemporary movements of European and world art, which were very extensive and fruitful in the 1950s. In a period of such creative force, Vasko Lipovac created his own world in the rich diversity of geometrical and anthropological humanistic reciprocity, nurturing a structural visual plausibility in sculpture and painting. After 1967, Lipovac worked and lived in Split in Croatia, where he produced numerous works such as cycles of paintings, graphics, watercolours, sculptures and painted sculptures. Lipovac won the art contest organised by the IOC to honour basketball player Drazen Petrovic in 1995.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: International Olympic Committee, 2003, ©IOC/G.Peter
  • Medium: Sculpture made of wood and polyurethane

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