MR.NEVEN MIHIC
Croatian Artist based in Dubai UAE
Photo:Ljubo Marosa @ljubo_marosa
Croatian artist Neven Mihic was born in Osijek in 1988. Neven Mihic is an Instructor at the College of Design at the American University in the Emirates. He began his career as a ballet dancer in Croatian National Theatre in Osijek. He was dancing for four years in many famous operas, musicals and dramas. He finished School of Textiles, Design and Applied Arts, Department Fashion Design in Osijek and in 2006 he went to Zagreb, where he graduated MA Costume design at the Faculty of Textile Technology. During his education, he exhibited his costume sketches together with his colleagues from Faculty and elsewhere, but the following years after, he presented five important individual exhibitions of Costume and Set design. In the period of five years, Neven designed costumes for over thirty theatre performances. Neven cooperated with theatres of different repertory policies and formats, from large national theatre houses up to informal companies. The performances comprised the following genres: opera, operetta, ballet, drama, and they cover the historical periods from the Ancient Egypt until the modern times.
In 2014 he designed classical costumes for opera "La boheme" by Giacomo Puccini staged at the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek. In the contex of simple scenic, Neven's costumes come to the fore as lavish and imaginative colorful creations. The following year, in 2015 he cooperated with the same theatre again for the opera "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart. Neven designed costumes in predominantly two colours, black and white, which symbolically express the relationship between heaven and hell. The cooperation with Croatian National Theatre in Osijek continued on classical ballet "La fille mal gardee" (The Wayward Daughter). Also, he created a Set design for this glamorous spectacle. Neven designed dresses for the Chevrolet Motor Show in Geneva (Switzerland) and Frankfurt (Germany). He is also author of several individual fashion shows, and many other artistic projects, including Set design. He created hats and fascinators for Dubai World Cup 2017. As a freelance artist he became a member of the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists.

About sketches and illustrations:

The earliest sketches by Neven Mihic originate from the time when he was a student at the Faculty of Textile Technology in Zagreb. These sketches are mostly exercises done during his education, versatile in style, technique and formats, these sketches are a sort of unique visual art. Currently, his creative work consists over 300 different sketches, illustrations and drawings.

EDUCATION

2010 – 2012 MA Costume design - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
2006 – 2009 BA Fashion design - University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 – 2006 High school diploma Fashion design - School of Textiles, Design and Applied Arts, Osijek, Croatia

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES – THEATRE
OPERA / OPERETTA

2015 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
W.A.Mozart DON GIOVANNI
Opera Director: Robert Bošković
2014 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Giacomo Puccini LA BOHEME
Opera Director: Petar Vujačić
2014 Komedija Municipal Theatre, Zagreb
Ivo Tijardović SPLI’SKI AKVAREL
Operetta Director: Richard Simonelli

BALLET / DANCE

2015 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Ferdinand Herold – Ludwig Hertel LA FILLE MAL GARDEE
Ballet Choreographer: Svebor Sečak
2013 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb
KOREOLABOS – HOMO FABER
Ballet Choreographer: Sven Copony
2011 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb P.I.Tchaikovsky
THE NUTRACKER Ballet, Chor. Derek Deane Tiaras – Jewellery design for complete ballet
2013-2016
ART DANCE STUDIO - Collaboration Pula, Istra
Theme: Casino 2013 (over 15 costumes)
Theme: Stewdresses 2014 (over 15 costumes)
Theme: Grease – musical 2014 (over 15 costumes)
Theme: A solo dance 2014 (Black white costume)
Theme: Cowboy girls 2015 (over 14 costumes)
Theme: Gladiators 2016 (over 14 costumes)
Theme: The little mermaid 2016 (over 14 costumes)
Theme: A solo dance 2016 (Carmen costume)
2005 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek
Antun Marinić LET’S DANCE THROUGH THE HISTORY Ballet

DRAMA

2013 Croatian National Theatre, Osijek Mira Perić Kraljik
HANA & HANA
Drama Director: Mira Perić Kraljik Set & Costume Designer
2012 Castle/Kaštel Morosini Grimani,Svetvinčenat/Istra Petra B. Blašković
WITCH MARE Drama, Director: Petra B. Blašković
2012 Satirical Theatre Kerempuh, Zagreb Jean Poiret
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES/THE BIRDCAGE Comedy, Director: Krešimir Dolenčić
2012 Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb
CROATIAN THEATRE AWARDS
Director: Mario Kovač Selection of costumes and styling
2011 The Dubrava Children’s Theatre Tomislav Zajec
PIGS
Drama Director: Helena Petković

CHILDREN THEATRE

2015 Children Theatre „Žar Ptica“, Zagreb
Carlo Collodi PINOCCHIO Children’s performance
Director: Želimir Mesarić (NAJ, NAJ, NAJ FESTIVAL, 1st Prize for Costume Design „Pinocchio“)
2015 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Lewis Caroll ALICE IN WONDERLAND Children’s Musical Director: Marijana Matoković
2014 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Alexandre Dumas – Boris Senker THREE MUSKETEERS Drama Director: Majkl Mikolić
2015 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić CLEOPATRA Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2014 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić SANTA FROST Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2014 Teatar Orange Pula Istra
Franjo Tončinić HERKUL Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić, Franjo Tončinić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
H.C.Andersen / Majkl Mikolić THE LITTLE MERMAID Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Brothers Grimm HANSEL E GRETEL Children’s Musical Director: Luka Juričić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Charles Perrault – Majkl Mikolić CINDERELLA Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić
2013 Teatar Orange Pula/ Istra
Franjo Tončinić ENCHANTED EASTER, Children’s performance Director: Franjo Tončinić
2013 Children Theatre „Žar Ptica“, Zagreb
Johana Spyri HEIDI Children’s performance Director: Želimir Mesarić
2012 Teatar Naranča Pula/ Istra
Majkl Mikolić ALADDIN Children’s Musical Director: Majkl Mikolić

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES – FASHION
2017 DUBAI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES International Fashion Week, Workshop Millinery Design
2017 DUBAI - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Dubai World Cup 2017, Fascinators and Hats
2016 OSIJEK - FASHION SHOW (White collection) School of Applied Arts and Design Osijek, Croatia
2014 OSIJEK - FASHION SHOW (Black collection), Croatia
2013 MARIBOR - FASHION SHOW (Black collection), Slovenia
2012 ZAGREB MOVIE FESTIVAL Hostess Dress Zagreb, Croatia
2011 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW Dresses for Chevrolet Frankfurt, Germany
2011 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW Dresses for Chevrolet Geneva, Switzerland
2009 JOY AND GALA STYLE Fashion, female magazine Fashion stylist (Over one year)
2008 FASHION WARDROBE, Zagreb/Croatia Competition - Fashion design Participant
2007 FASHION INCUBATOR, Osijek/Croatia FASHION SWEETNESS Competition - Fashion design Patricipant
2006 FASHION INCUBATOR, Osijek/Croatia FASHION MANOR Competition - Fashion design Patricipant

INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

2017 "EXHIBITION OF THEATRICAL SKETCHES - Exhibition of fashion and theatre drawings" American University in the Emirates Dubai - Individual Exhibition
2014 "LE CONVENIENZE ED INCONVENIENZE TEATRALI - Exhibition of theatre costumes and sketches" Museum of Slavonia Osijek - Individual exhibition
2010 „BEFORE THE PREMIERE – Exhibition of theatre costume sketches“ Zagreb, Croatia Ministry of Beauty and Photo Gallery – Individual exhibition
2009 „COSTUME & STAGE – one author“ Costume and set design for opera and ballet Institut Francais de Zagreb – Individual exhibition
2012 “50 years MARILYN MONROE – Miniature dresses from paper” Zagreb, Komedija Municipal Theatre

SET DESIGN

2009 Humanitarian concert ANA RUKAVINA “I want life”, Zagreb/Croatia
2009 Children’s Festival, Avenue Mall – shopping centre (cinema), Zagreb/Croatia
2009 Children’s Festival Children’s theatre Branko Mihaljevic, Osijek/Croatia

AWARDS

2016 NAJ, NAJ, NAJ FESTIVAL, 1st Prize for Costume Design „Pinocchio“
2013 BUDI.IN, 1st Prize Award for Fashion Illustration Kaptol center, Zagreb
2010. Zagreb CROATIAN TOP STUDENT 2010.
2008 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile Technology DEAN’S AWARD for Excellence in Innovation, Second Year of Study.
2008 Chevrolet, Turin/Italy Type of business or sector: Pan-European Competition „Young? Creative? Chevrolet!“ Occupation/position/award: 3rd Prize Award, Discipline – Fashion
2008 Chevrolet, Zagreb/Croatia Type of business or sector: National Competition „Young? Creative? Chevrolet!“ Occupation/position/award: 1st Prize Award, Discipline – Fashion