Both a painter and sea captain was born in Dubrovnik, Croatia. His paintings are unique, bursting with colour created with powerful strokes of the palette knife, full of light and positive energy. He implements an array of media: oil, acrylic, combining them with glowing effects and golden leaves. After thirty years of sea service he returned to homeport and continues to work as a full time freelance artist/painter. He has perfected the techniques of contemporary painting at the Academy D'Arte Florence, Italy and Academia du Port-Royal, Paris, France. Stjepko is member of The Croatian Association Of Artists-Dubrovnik (HDLU-Dubrovnik) and ArtNation, Iinternational Association integrating all the Arts. He has exhibited extensively in individually and with groups of authors around Europe. His works are in the holdings of numerous galleries and private collections worldwide.
He become a permanent artist member of galleries "Artitude", Paris, who is organizing world exhibition tour in 2015, starting from Paris, London, New York, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Berlin.
Some of more recent exhibitions : Dubrovnik, Split/Croatia; Mostar, Sarajevo/ Bosnia and Herzegovina; Frick, Zurich/ Switzerland, Basel August 2014 ; Frederiksværk/Denmark September 2014 (1st place , the Audience award ); Paris, France, "La Grande Exposition Universelle, Tour Eiffel 2014" ( Awarded, "The best artist in the world for stylistic value") October 2014., Paris, France "Carrousel du Louvre" October 2014, Catania, Italy " Premio Arte Catania" November 2014. ; Paris ''European Biennale" December 2014 ; Lecce, Italy, Award with "Raffaello Sanzio Award 2014 " and "Ambassador for culture in the world four the human rights" December 2014 and in London, UK exhibition Insade II at the Royal Opera Arcade Gallery; Palermo, Italy "2nd Biennial at Palermo" January 2015; Oxford, UK "Oxford International Art Fair" February 2015; Firenze, Italy exhibition Florence Art February/ March 2015, Dubrovnik, Croatia , Sebastian Gallery , March 2015.