Ratko Koletić, born in May of 1968, grew up surrounded by nature, in the countryside, around the Velika Gorica area, which inspired and encouraged his creative work. Since 1998, he has been part of the Supported Housing program organized by the Association for Promoting Inclusion in Zagreb. Currently, he lives on his own and leads a relatively self-sufficient lifestyle.
Žiraha is a zebra-like creature which was created by the artist Ratko Koletić, who is a member of the Association for Promoting Inclusion in Zagreb. The brands Žiraha and JUPI by UPI! were created in 2001 during an internal workshop called, Extra/ordinary Design, which was organized by the School of Design Faculty of Architecture University of Zagreb and the Croatian Designers Society, in cooperation with the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art in London, the Association for Promoting Inclusion (API) and Center for Inclusive Work Activities (CIWA). The Žiraha and JUPI by UPI! designs are available in the following locations throughout Zagreb: Take Me Home - Croatian Design Shop (Tomićeva 4), Ježeva Kućica - the gift shop at the City of Zagreb Zoo (Maksimirski perivoj bb), Animonda Zg- a pet store (Međimurska 19), various fairs and sales exhibitions throughout the year.