Damir was born in Sisak, Croatia in 1966. The story of his rise to artistic fame is a remarkable and rapid one. While he showed some artistic promise as a child it was not until 2001 that he was convinced by his wife that he had any real artistic talent at all. He enrolled in a drawing course in the same year in Zagreb and was so successful that he was accepted at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence in the following year. This was a massive turning point in his life, a decision that was to take him from a businessman to a full-time professional artist. Success and fame were to follow rapidly. Over the last few years he has won a string of awards and honourable mentions in many competitions (listed below) and is now a celebrity in his home country of Croatia. He often makes radio and TV appearances and obtains fees of an incredible Eur 150,000 for his life size portrait commissions.