Ivana Mlinar has loved art and the process of creating art since she was a child. Inspired by art and the need to better educate herself, Ivana spent years studying Italian Renaissance art in Florence, Venice, Padua, Pisa and Verona from the years of 1975 – 1979. Upon completing this early training she studied at the University of Split in Croatia where in 1984 she earned a Masters in print-making and the history of Medieval Arts. In 1986, just years out of school Ivana became a member of Croatian Association of Fine Artists and since than participated in a number of juried art exhibitions.
Ivana currently lives off the coast of Florida with her husband Frane Mlinar, an accomplished artist himself. Her current work is inspired by her love of nature, whether it is the ocean or a mountain. The beach is a place where families and couples gather to relax and enjoy the splendor of nature. Her colorful figures strolling with loved ones, walking their dogs, flying kites or enjoying a number of recreational activities aims to inspire viewers to pause and delight in the beauty of everyday life.