Branka Uzur was born in Zagreb to father Mirko and mother Dragica, in a family with two children (she had a younger brother Dobrica). She finished her primary and secondary education in Zagreb.
She graduated from School of Applied Arts (art-oriented high school in Zagreb, http://ss-primijenjenaumjetnostidizajn-zg.skole.hr/), specializing in Ceramics-Glass under guidance of Prof. Ivan Švertasek.
She subsequently enrolled in School of Applied Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade, http://www.fpu.bg.ac.rs/). She participated in many exhibits in Zagreb and Belgrade during her studies and graduated from Department for Ceramics and Glass.
Branka returned to Zagreb upon graduation, and continued to intensively exhibit her work. The same year she joined organizations HDLU (http://www.hdlu.hr/, Croatian Association of Artists), ULUPUH (http://www.ulupuh.hr) and ZUH a year later.
A joint exhibition with Bojana Švertasek in Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb (http://www.muo.hr/).
She got a stipend from Ministry of Education and Culture for 7-month-long studies in Helsinki, Finland.
She was invited to International Symposium on Ceramics where she presented on modern Croatian ceramics and ceramics sculpture.
Upon return to Zagreb, she actively exhibited and won an Award from Young Communist League of Yugoslavia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Communist_Youth_of_Yugoslavia).
A solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Gallery Nova, Zagreb (http://www.agm.hr/dgalerija.php).
A solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Gallery Galženica, Velika Gorica (http://www.galerijagalzenica.info/). She received an official recognition at the first World Triennial Exhibition of Small Ceramics in Zagreb.
A solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Gallery Forum studio in Zagreb (http://www.kic.hr/galerija_forum.php).
A solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Gallery of Modern Art studio in Zagreb (http://galerijavivoda.hr/zagreb-hrvatska/).
She was selected as a Project Manager for Handicraft Promotion in Nicosia, Cyprus within United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She moved to Nicosia where she stayed for 4 years leading dual Turkish and Greek community program for handicraft promotion.
A solo exhibition of ceramic sculpture in Gallery Gloria.
A solo exhibition of table sculpture in Fournoi Gallery in Nicosia.
She organized an exhibition of useful ceramics for local tourist market with local ceramists from both Turkish and Greek community in Gallery Fournoi in Nicosia. She also presented many seminars and lectures on ceramics and design in both communities.
She successfully finished the UNDP project and moved to Sydney, Australia. She was invited to participate in International Ceramic Conference and Exhibition in World Centre, Melbourne, Australia the same year to present on modern Croatian ceramics and sculpture, as well on the connection between the Cyprian folklore ceramics and Mediterranean cooking.
She further became a collaborator in International Conservation Services in Sydney. She led Department for Restoration and Conservation of Antique Ceramics and Glass. She was also a consultant and lead on a part of the renovation project in Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
1994 – 1998
Branka organized and leads a workshop for restoration and conservation of antique ceramics and glass. She also organizes and participates in related seminars in regional galleries and museums in New South Wales and in Australian Museum in Sydney.
She had solo ceramics sculpture exhibitions in 1994 and 1995 in Ceramics Art Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.
She married Australian John Anthony Levingston, a maritime lawyer.
She exhibited ceramic sculpture at Sydney Mayer Found International Ceramic Award, Sheparton. She further exhibited new paintins in Libby Edwards Gallery, South Yarra, Melbourne and Libby Edwards Gallery in Woollahra, Sydney (http://www.libbyedwardsgalleries.com/).
She exhibited in Robin Gibbson Gallery, Liverpool Street, Portia Geach, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
She exhibited portraits in one of the most relevant collective exhibitions “Archibald Prize” in Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
She again exhibits portraits in “Archibald Prize” in Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
She exhibited paintings in Brian Moore Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, as well as portraits in “Archibald Prize”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
She exhibited drawings in Brian Moore Gallery Paddington, Sydney.
She exhibited paintings and drawings in Über Gallery in Melbourne.
She divorced John Anthony Levingston.
She had a solo drawing exhibit in United Galleries, East Sydney and in the same gallery later has a solo exhibit of drawings and paintings titled “Essence”.
She again exhibited portaits in group exhibition “Archibald Prize, in Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.
She spent the summer of 2008 in Croatia where she participated in Mediscape in Novigrad. Later she had a joint exhibition with Ksenija Mogin in Gallery Gal in Volosko, Opatija.
She gave a talk “Painted Art, The Art of Decoration” at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus.
She exhibited a collection of drawings in Gallery Lapidarij in Omišalj, Croatia.
After a long and difficult fight with disease, she died in Opatija, Croatia, aged 59.
Works in collections
- Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb http://www.muo.hr/
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagerb, http://www.msu.hr/
- Gallery Galženica, Velika Gorica http://www.galerijagalzenica.info/
- Kunsthaus Graz, http://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/kunsthaus-graz
- City of Sydney Art Collection, Sydney, Australia
- in private collections: Cyprus, Croatia, London, Manchester, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland/New Zealand, New York, São Paulo/Brasil
Simpozij i kolonije / Symposia and art colonies
- 1978. – art colony in Počitelj
- 1980. – art colony in Počitelj
- 1980. – ceramics colony in Resen
- 1981. – art colony in Obrovac
- 1982. – art colony in Motovun
- 1982. – art colony ZILIK, Karlovac
- 1986. – art colony in Bulgaria
- 1988. – Internationale Malerwochen in Graz, Austria and International ceramics colony in Aranđelovac and Vukovar
- 1992. – Austercam, International Ceramic Conference and Exhibition, World Congress Centre, Melbourne
- 2007. – three-month art residency in The Gunnery, Art Space - award from Ministry of Arts of New South Wales, Sydney
- 2008. – Mediascape in Novigrad
- 2009. – Mediascape in Novigrad
Selection of solo exhibitions 1979-2008
- 1979. - ceramics and drawings in Split
- 1980. - ceramics in IKRO Mladost, Zagreb
- 1981. - ceramics in Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb
- 1982. - paintings in Karas Gallery Studio in Zagreb
- 1983. - paintings in Gallery Juraj Klović in Rijeka
- 1984. - ceramics in Gallery Nova in Zagreb
- 1985. - ceramics in Galerija Galženica in Velika Gorica
- 1986. - ceramics in Gallery Forum Studio in Zagreb
- 1988. - Small plastic arts in Gallery of Contemporary Arts Studio in Zagreb
- 1989. - ceramics sculpture in Gallery Gloria in Nicosia, Cyprus
- 1989. - ceramic dishes in Handicraft Center Gallery in Nicosia, Cyprus
- 1994. - ceramics sculpture in Ceramic Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia
- 1995. - ceramics sculpture in Ceramic Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia
- 1998. - paintings in Libby Edwards Gallery in Melbourne
- 1998. - paintings in Libby Edwards Gallery in Sydney
- 1999. - paintings in Gallery Fournoi in Nicosia, Cyprus
- 1999. - paintings in Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney
- 2003. - paintings in Brian Moore Gallery in Sydney
- 2005. - drawings in Brian Moore Gallery in Sydney
- 2006. - paintings in Über Gallery in Melbourne
- 2007. - drawings in United Galleries in Sydney
- 2007. - paintings in United Galleries in Sydney
- 2008. - drawings in Gallery Gal in Volosko
- 2010. - drawings in Gallery Lapidarij in Omišalj
Selection of joint exhibitions 1978-2008
- The 10th Biannual Exhibition of Young Artists, Gallery of Contemporary Art in Rijeka
- Faenza, 37. Concorso internazionale della ceramica d’arte
- Ceramics for Children, Museum of School in Zagreb, http://www.hsmuzej.hr/index.asp
- The 11th Youth Salon, Art Pavilion in Zagreb, http://www.umjetnicki-paviljon.hr/en/
- 1980. Subotica, Beograd, The 4th Triennial Exhibition of Yugoslavian Ceramics
- The 9th Exhibition of Contemporary Croatian Art in Karas Gallery Zagreb
- The 13th Youth Salon, Zagreb
- The 11th Biannual Youth Exhibit in Rijeka
- Zagreb, 9. postav recentne hrvatske likovne umjetnosti
- Sculptural tendencies in ceramics, Karas Gallery, Zagreb
- The 2nd May Salon in Šibenik
- Beograd, Novi obrat – slikarstvo
- Budimpešta, Łódź, Poznań: Mlada jugoslavenska umjetnost
- Zagreb, Gliptoteka JAZU, The 1st triennial Exhibit of Croatian Sculpture in Zagreb
- The 14th Youth Salon in Zagreb
- The Biannual Youth Exhibition in Rijeka
- Beograd, Subotica, The 5th Triennial Exhibition of Yugoslavian Ceramics
- The 18th Zagreb Salon and The 15th Youth Salon
- Croatian Young Sculptors in Velika Gorica, Osijek, Split, Niš, Karlovac
- The 19th Zagreb Salon
- The 3rd International Biannual Exhibition of Ceramics in Piran
- The 1st Triennial Exhibition of Small Ceramics in Zagreb
- 1985. The 16th Youth Salon in Zagreb
- 1998. Sheparton, Victoria, Sydney Mayer Found International Award
- 1998. Sydney, The Observatory, Portia Geach Memorial Award
- 1999. Zagreb, The Worlds Triennial Exhibit of Small Ceramics
- 1999. Sydney, The Observatory, Portia Geach Memorial Award
- 2000. Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Archibald Prize
- 2001. Sydney, Art Galery of New South Wales, Archibald Prize
- 2003. Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Archibald Prize
- 2006. Newcastle, Region Art Gallery, Kilgour Prize
- 2007. Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Wynne Archibald Prize
- 2007. Sydney, Mosman, Mosman Art Prize
- 2008. Newcastle, Region Art Gallery, Kilgour Prize
- 1983. stipend from Ministry of Education and Culture for 7-month-long studies in Helsinki, Finland)
- 1983. 7 sekretara SKOJ-a (Award from Young Communist League of Yugoslavia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Communist_Youth_of_Yugoslavia).
- 1985. an official recognition at the first World Triennial Exhibition of Small Ceramics in Zagreb).
- 2007. three-month art residency in The Gunnery, Art Space - award from Ministry of Arts of New South Wales, Sydney)