Zdenko Rus was born on February 11th, 1941 in Karlovac, Croatia. He finished high school in Osijek and graduated from University of Philosophy in Zagreb with majors in Art History and Philosophy. From 1974 to 1980 he hosted (as an external associate) a half-hour weekly radio program “Art culture” at Radio Zagreb. From 1974 until his retirement in 2010 he worked as a curator, senior curator and museum advisor in Modern Gallery in Zagreb. From 1972 to 1981 he was a member of editorial staff of the journal “Life of Art”, and from 1976 onwards he has been a member of the International Association of Art Critics AICA.
During the sixties and seventies, he wrote art criticism, essays and forewords for solo exhibition catalogs. From the mid seventies he organized monographic and retrospective exhibitions (F. Kulmer, 1976; M. Detoni, 1979; Š. Vulas, 1980; Š. Perić, 1989; Ž. Jerman, 1996; I. Šebalj, 2002; B. Demur, 2004; V. Martek, 2007; J. Račić, 2008.-2009; A. Jerković, 2009; S. Gračan, 2016.), and theme exhibitions (Actualities in Croatian Art (1977); Abstract Tendencies in Croatia 1951-1961 (1981); Steadiness of Figurative 1950-1987 (1987); Croatian Art in the Eighties (1990- 1991); New Croatian Art (with M. Šolman and I. Zidić, 1993); 125 Masterpieces of Croatian Art (with a team of associates) (1996); Truth in Painting. A Small Panorama of Croatian Painting (1998); The Monstrous, (2004); End of Century, End of Painting? Croatian Paitning in the Nineties (2005).
He published the books Abstract Art in Croatia (1985), Paitning/Non-paitning (2011) and monographs on Marijana Muljević (1992), Đuro Seder (with V. Kusik, 1997), Josip Jerković (with coauthors A. Maračić and B. Franceschi, 2009), Boris Demur (2011), Stjepan Gračan (2014).