Robert Marnika is a passionate artist.
He strongly believes everyone should be able to express his own creativity and passions through art because this is what adds life to life.
Art is a way for everyone to contribute for the greatest good of our planet.
He is a photographer with over 30 years experience in a range of photographic styles: from fine art prints and portraits to landscapes and commercial photography. He has also dedicated much of his career to teaching darkroom techniques, artistic photography and basics of photography.
Robert has always been a researcher, someone who would use the camera as a way of catching the here and now, exploring the outer world as an extension of his inner world.
He has done many years of personal experimental work in the darkroom for which he has been awarded in various international competitions. The one that means the most to Robert is his first prize for his “Fragments of a memory” collection at the Photography Festival in Rome in 2006. The work was mainly done in a darkroom using images from the war years in Croatia, where he was directly involved in the early 90’s. Consequently the first prize in Rome allowed him to access to Portfolio 2006 in Prato (Tuscany), where he was awarded the second prize for the best photographic portfolio in Italy.
In 2009, Robert published a book, ZADAR 1991…, exploring the concept of memory in relation to those tragic war years.
Teaching for him has been a way to share his talents and inspire people to photograph the things or situations that were inspiring them.
Robert’s huge passion for nature brought him to run intensive digital & analogue photography workshops for more than 15 years in unique places in Italy, Croatia and Spain, often choosing little natural realities and sharing these experiences among local communities.
He particularly enjoys this way of teaching because he loves having enough time to spend with his participants, in amazing contexts, in order to optimize their knowledge, assuring an optimal level of learning and fun at the same time!
His collections have been shown in more than 45 international exhibitions, and in the past 19 years he has taught at universities, fine art schools, high schools, photo clubs and privately and has been running more than 40 intensive digital & analogue photography workshops in Italy, Croatia, Spain and Australia.
Since his arrival in Australia in 2014, Robert has taught advanced darkroom techniques of printing at the “STRANGE NEIGHBOUR” in Fitzroy (Melbourne), has run photographic courses in his studio in Daylesford, and has exhibited in 5 galleries in Victoria where he is represented with Anita Traverso Gallery. He recently moved to Byron Bay (NSW) close to the water, the element he likes to play with.
Robert Marnika continues to work as a freelance photographer and teaches the basics of photography as well as advanced printing techniques.
PERSONAL AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS