Josip Zanki was born in Zadar on 14th March 1969. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1994 (class of Professor Miroslav Sutej) with a thesis entitled "Mysticism in the Artistic Practice of J. Beuys" and an experimental series of etchings "New Machines", a remake of the research conducted by the renaissance scientist Faust Vrancic. Since 1986 he has been working on installations, performances, experimental film and video and in the research into graphic media. His involvement in archaeology has resulted in a collection of 200 prehistoric and mediaeval objects relating to mystical and occult religious practices. He is also interested in the phenomena of the Velebit mountain range. He has realized numerous individual and collective exhibitions with other artists in Croatia and abroad. Since December 2007 he is president of Croatian artist association. Since 2008 he teach in University of Zadar. He works in Zagreb and Zadar.