Ivan Kožarić was a Croatian sculptor and proponent of intellectual and artistic freedom. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and later became a member of the Gorgona Group, creating neat abstract sculptures. More recent works incorporate the gold color to which Kožarić arrived through experiments in painting. His sculptures became a symbol for the city of Zagreb, which commissioned him to produce several public works, including Prizemljeno sunce (1971) and the famous homage to the Croatian novelist A. G. Matoš (1978). Kožaric’s works have been exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia (1976) and the Bienal de São Paulo (1979), as well as at the documenta in Kassel and the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2002). He was honored with the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement in 1997.