First oil paintings on canvas date from 1950. His first public appearance took place in 1954 in the town of Krizevci near Koprivnica, where he graduated at the Teachers’ Training College.In 1959 he displayed his artworks for the first time on a one-man exhibition in City’s museum in Koprivnica.
During his life, Josip Generalic has displayed his artworks on more than 1.000 collective exhibitions and 200 one-man exhibitions around the world. He was regularly present in all representative exhibitions of the Croatian and world’s naive art. The famous artist has been awarded by many international juries.
Josip Generalic died in Koprivnica on 22nd Dec 2004 and was buried in Hlebine.(generalic.com)