Anton Zoran Music was born in 1909 in Bukovica, a village near Gorizia, which at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. After studies in Maribor, he enrolled at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. He began to draw the landscapes of Dalmatia, where he settled after a long tour of Spain. Zoran Music held his first shows in 1941 in Zagreb and Llubljana. He made his first trip in Venice in 1943, then showed in Trieste and at the Piccola Galleria in Venice, where De Pisis wrote the foreword of the catalogue. In 1944, Music was charged with collaboration with anti-german groups in Trieste and arrested by the gestapo. In Dachau where he was deported, he made drawings of the horrors he witnessed and himself lived through. The U.S. army liberated the camp in 1945 ; a sick man, Music, settled in Venice. There he painted his first self-portraits and his first horses, and made watercolours of the Zattere and of St Mark's. In 1948, Music showed at the Venice biennale for the first time, and met Kokoschka, Tobey and Campigli, becoming a friend of the latter. In 1949, Music made his first dry-points, which he printed himself on the presses of the Academia. In 1952 he showed at the Galerie de France in Paris, and in New York a year later. In 1955, he made his first etchings in the Lacourière workshop, an activity he regularly pursued from then on. He was awarded the Venice Biennale Graphic Art Prize in 1956. In 1959 Music settled in Paris, in the studio which had belonged to his friend Leon Gischia. In the early sixties, Music spend every summer in Cortina to draw and paint. In 1962, Rolf Schmücking published the first complete catalogue of Music's graphic output from 1947 to 1961. Basle museum bought 26 of his drawings, of which 10 dating from 1945, the Dachau period. In 1970 he began to paint the "we are not the last" series on the concentration camp theme, which was shown at the Galerie de France, Munich and Brussels. In 1972, Music made drawings of cork-oaks in the Maures Forest in Southern France (the plant motif series). The same year, the Paris Museum of Modern Art held his first big exhibition retrospective show. Between 1976 and 1980, Music made drawings in Fontainebleau forest and in the Dolomites (the rock-landscapes period). Shows of his work were held in Darmstat, Basle, Oslo. In the early eighties Music painted the "canale della Guidecca" series, and the "inside of cathedrals" series. In 1990, the Kunstlerhaus in Klagenfurt showed the works belonging to the Music Foundation, established by the city concil. Numerous Music shows were held in the years that followed : Basle, Geneva, Antibes, Milan, Venice etc. Zoran Music died in may 2005.
Thanks to Zupan Gojko (Ljubljana) for important information.