Croatian Painter Krupa Awarded in Tokyo by the ICCPS

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An academic painter and an honorary doctor of modern ink painting Alfred Freddy Krupa (1971-) as an invited author was awarded the ‘New Ink-Painting Art Award’ for the work ‘Kupa river in Ladešići’ according to the decision of the jury of the International Society for Ink Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting (ICCPS) based in Tokyo, Japan.

In 2019, the ‘Kupa in Ladešići’ brought the Croatian painter Krupa the ‘Grand Prize’ and the title ‘Artist of the Month’ (, Dallas / TX /, USA).

All invited/awarded artists will be presented at the online exhibition (10th International Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting) which will be available from 15 to 21 November 2021. This exhibition is traditionally physically held every year in China, but this time it is organized online due to well-known exceptional circumstances. It should be emphasized that this is Krupa’s third award in Asia. He was previously awarded twice in China (2013 / ICCPS Special Advisory Award / and 2018 / 1st place in the competition on the occasion of the Chinese Year of the Dog).





In addition, in 2017 he received another award in the form of recognition of the title ‘Master of Watercolorists’ by the International Watercolor Society – Hong Kong.

In 1996 he was the author of the Manifesto of the New Ink Art Movement, and in 1998 he received a postgraduate research scholarship from the Government of Japan as the first Croatian academic painter, and in the fall/winter of 1998/1999. conducted at Tokyo Gakugei University.

Since 2012, he has been an elected member of the International Society for Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting, North American Branch. He becomes a member by inviting the artist and formally receiving the founder after the person is nominated by other managers (directors of branches) in the company.


In 2014, the Zagreb ITG published the monograph ‘Alfred Freddy Krupa’, and the painter himself is the author of a number of published texts and several books.

One of his inks, “Neo – Minimalism, 2013 “, is in the TATE Gallery, Special Library Collection, and avant-garde work from the same art movement “The original artwork – Modern ink painting, what is it ?”, is at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA, Manhattan Artist Book Collection). The Silesian Museum in Katowice (Poland) also acquired two works for its collection.


According to the ‘General Lexicon of Artists’ (Berlin, 2020), Krupa is the most important European artist in the segment of modern ink painting, and the British ‘Aesthetica’ (2019) describes him as a ‘pioneer of modern ink painting for which he gained international recognition.’

At the beginning of 2019, Croatian painter Krupa was included in the TOP 10 Modern ink shower painters by

After a long series of awards and recognitions, the year 2021 began for him with “1. World Award in Painting ‘and the title’ Artist of the Year 2020 at the 13th International Art Festival’ Interartia ‘organized by the International Art Academy & Society ‘, Volos, Greece.

In the same style, it ends with this award in Japan.

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