About me

Ever since I first started discovering the world of art, I’ve always been fascinated by great artists who created works that left me speechless. I wished I could reach just a small part of that skill. 

I’ve attended various art workshops as a member of the “Ama Artem” art association, and I keep working on improving my craft.


Arete (Greek: ἀρετή)

Arete, in its basic sense, means “excellence” of any kind (source). When choosing to become self-employed, I chose the name “Arete” for my trade, as a reminder to always strive for more, to always keep learning, improving, evolving, never giving up. I don’t believe in the power of talent, I believe in the power of hard work.


I have participated in over 15 group exhibitions, and had 4 solo exhibitions. Some of them were:

  • April 2017 – solo exhibition, Dugave Library, Zagreb
  • May 2016 – solo exhibition, KUC Travno, Zagreb
  • April 2015 – a group exhibition, POU Poreč
  • April 2014 – a group exhibition, Kristofor Stanković Gallery, Zagreb
  • February 2014 – a group exhibition, Slovak Radio Gallery, Bratislava


Through art as well as writing, I live to tell stories layered with different meanings, filled with emotions, enriched with colors. My goal is to inspire you to create your own stories, through any chosen medium.


Drawings & paintings

Contact me

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: jelena(at)arete.hr