I am Vedran Ružić - musician and painter. I was born on 26 Aug 1986. in Rijeka (Croatia) and now live in Matulji and Opatija.
Interested in how I became an artist?
When I was 5 years old, I already knew what I wanted to be - a painter! But it was not easy to prove that painting can be more than just a hobby, so I fastly took the other path. They were telling me: "You have to finish a vocational school, you can't make a living as an artist!" - so I followed my father's footsteps and enrolled at the Electrical Engineering High School.
In high school days, I started to teach myself to play the bass guitar, but when the time to get into college came they told me: "Music can be your hobby, but you need to have a REAL profession" – so, as a dutiful son I earned my degree at the Faculty of Tourist and Hospitality Management in Opatija.
With a diploma in my hands I finally listened to myself and took the entrance examination at the Jazz Conservatory in Klagenfurt, which I attended then a year. However, I did not forget my childhood love - painting, so I enrolled as an eternal 27 years old student at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka.
Now, in my early thirties with two degrees I can say one can make a living of art, although there is a long way to become a true artist. Please do not ask me what I prefer more since I do not have an answer... to me, no boundaries between branches of art exist –
While I paint I hear music, while I play I see colors.