Damir Ocko Artist
“Icons? I don’t think icons are something I’ve ever had. There are many people I admire because they were and are important to me and my way of thinking.”
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m an artist. But it is a very wide range of things I am in to, and working with as well. Now I am working on a new film, making music for it, building stages, costumes, installations, drawings etc.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INTO ART FOR?
I don’t remember any more. It seems like forever.
WHERE DID YOU STUDY?
In Zagreb at the Fine Arts Academy.
WHAT MADE YOU GET INTO ART?
I never looked it that way, when I think about it, I never think about art, the word “ART”. For me it is always the thing I can understand and communicate to others, so I guess I was never into “ART” but always in to practicing this special language with other people. This is what makes me being part of it but also this was a reason why I did most of my things.
WHERE’S THE HOTTEST PLACE TO GO IN THE CROATIA RIGHT NOW?
I would always recommend Croatian coast, Istra, Zagreb and perhaps some smaller cities in North Croatia. For fun and good time, I would recommend Croatian islands, especially Pag and Hvar.
WHO SHOULD WE BE LOOKING OUT FOR?
There is a growing art scene in Croatia at the moment, and I would look carefully at what is going to happen in the next few years. There are some very young talented people, but also established young artists like Ana Husman, Marko Tadic, Zlatan Vehabovic and others working in Zagreb, Rijeka or Split. It is still somehow a very fresh scene.
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I don’t think I have one style, but many different versions for different days and emotional conditions. I am trying to keep it simple but interesting.
WHAT DO YOU MISS WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT HOME?
My boyfriend, family, friends, turtle and my afternoon nap.
IF YOU COULD BUY A PLANE TICKET WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
I think I would go to Galapagos Islands, I am thinking about it for some time now.
DO YOU THINK THERE IS A STRONG LINK BETWEEN FASHION AND ART?
I think about fashion as art, so for me it is another form of communication as any other media we use today.
To be honest, I can describe people only from my personal life. I don’t feel I can say anything like this for somebody I don’t know personally. I know some very cool people.
WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
I listen to mostly classical and contemporary music. Right now, my I-tunes is stuck on great Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
MAKE A WISH?
I wish for one day with no wind and rain in November so the outdoor shoots of my new film can be possible.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUSH?
A button that makes you happy all the time.