Danko Merin was born 1962. in Sarajevo. He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.He is engaged in graphics, painting, teaching, digital design and artpottery . He is a member of HDLU and the Croatian Association of Artists of Zagreb.
from the preface of the catalog of the exhibition "Voice of Silence", St. Ivan Zelina, 2010.
''In the time when I painted these pictures, I was surrounded by the same thoughts and situations that have accompanied me for the last ten years. It was a journey from the busy and crowded noise of the everyday life and the desire for reconciliation of spirit and body through the creative work in silence. Even now, before my eyes it is as though I can still see those surreal moments that elevate the spirit. I can remember those moments in nature that precede a storm or occur as it passes by. These are the amazing moments of silence and clarity that talk about what happened or indicate the future events. This state between doubt and dream, a place between the eyes, a condition in which, if we try, we can hear this "voice of silence’’
from the preface of the catalog of the exhibition "Reminiscence in modo clasico“ "Museum Sv Ivan Zelina 2015.
"If you asked an artist which themes and motifs are found in their works, their most common answer would be: a self-portrait. Through the scenes of landscapes, flowers and historic scenes, painting is just another way of keeping a diary. A personal diary where yesterday is a reflection of today's memory and today's dream becomes a nuance for tomorrow. Thus, art becomes a way of remembering past experiences and events and shares them as personal artistic stories with the others. And when he is telling a story by painting portraits of others in the manner of figuration, impressionism, abstraction, one can inevitably sense the outlines of a self-portrait through all transparent and opaque layers of the painting and white canvas surface. Going through this hall of mirrors, remembering and sharing personal experiences, we can comprehend the universal self-portrait which brings us closer to the act of creation."
For the preface of the exhibition, „Wild hayfields“, Sv. Ivan Zelina 2015.
Creation in both art and the garden are closely connected with a thought of a better world. Hope for the future is at the heart of all gardens and art. Art as well as flowers always make people better, happier, and more useful.
Through the prism of the universal, for a man of these activities become the sun, the food and the cure for the soul. Through Nature and all her glints, I could always learn that the colors have more or less red, yellow, and blue and how colors in the pictures can be dark or bright. The nature of change and gradualism in the garden has spoken to me about the course and the layers of work in painting, adopting the idea that tomorrow's flowers come from the seeds of today. This continuity seems right to me. It doesn't strive to skip or accelerate any part of growth or maturing whether my gaze was on nature, garden, flowers, or on ripening colors on a piece of art. That's why I love gardening and art because they are the places where I found myself while I should have lost myself.
For the preface to the exhibition "The mysterious flame of anime". Kraluš Gallery, Open University College Sv. Ivan Zelina 2017.
Every person is a puzzle. You are a puzzle not only for yourself but for all the others, and the great secret of our time is how to penetrate this puzzle. Powerful things happen when we touch the thoughts that myths, fairy tales and our own dreams bring. The conditions and settings of old myths are strange; they look archaic and remote, but if we listen to them carefully and seriously, we begin to hear and understand. One of these myths is that that ancient people were originally made from two male and two female parts. They were united into two beings, each consisting of one male and one female part. They were arrogant enough to attack the gods. And Zeus said, "I think I have a plan that will humiliate their pride and improve their behavior; people will still exist, but I will cut them and separate them." After the division, each of them wanted their other half to cling to. Each of us, when separated, always looks for our second half ... And the reason is that human nature originally was one, and we were a whole, and the desire and quest for the whole is called love.
In this absurdity of duality to achieve unity through the process of "finding" and "meeting the shadows," we have to accept our own anima and animus – by uniting unconscious and conscious. Anima- originates from the Latin meaning of "the air, wind, breath, soul,". Anima refers to the unconscious female dimension of a man.
As Carl Jung said: „ It is something that lives by itself, which causes us to live; it is a life behind consciousness that can not be fully integrated with it, but from which, on the contrary, consciousness occurs.” Animus (lat. rational soul, life, mental powers, intelligence) is unconscious male dimension in a female psyche. This androgenic characteristic of our being can be observed from different perspectives of the mind and body. Art and artists are not the outsiders of this need for displaying and defining emotions and discovering that our interior is both light and shadow. The painter tries to show the need to strike a balance between these two aspects of the human psyche. In the light, there is no need to fight the shadow. Our soul should incorporate our dark side because, as the painter says, "light will come naturally", the light of consciousness which reveals something new…
And so we see a painter using the color of the rainbow to capture "the infinite transient beauty of the butterflies", and painting the wings of the birds as a symbol of anime. The rainbow is a symbol of the vow, a bridge between human and divine, a synthesis of understanding and subconscious. The colors of the rainbow when light is not lost, and inner beauty opens in front of our eyes as it lights up through the clear drops of water in the cloud of rain. Without intending to absorb light, enlightenment, joy, or happiness ... the artist intends to transfer it by revealing its meaning to others, and to himself.