Karlo Klen

The Face of Man
silicone, polyester, 40 × 170 cm
The hyperrealistic sculpture The Face of Man by Karlo Klen shows an aging painter with a penetrating and concentrated gaze directed at the canvas in front of him. It is Klen’s first hyperrealistic sculpture of a man modeled in realistic human dimensions. The believability of the sculpture and the precision with which the details of the body (especially his wrinkled face) were made are fascinating. For the observer, this creates the feeling of being in the presence of a real person. The manipulative dimension of the work manifests in this disturbed relationship between reality and illusion, truth and lies.

Karlo Klen was born in Zagreb in 1995. In 2015, after completing the School of Applied Arts and Design, he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (Sculpting Department). He graduated in 2021. In 2022, he was awarded by the Academic Council for his final work The Face of Man as the best sculptural work of his generation. After graduation, he continues to make hyperrealistic sculptures. In 2022 he exhibited at the 14th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture.