Ivan Lović was born on 14 December 1984 in Đakovo, in the Croatian region of Slavonia. He has lived his whole life in the village of Gorjani. Upon completing his secondary education in Đakovo, he enrolled at the Faculty of Agronomy in Osijek, where he is nearing the end of his studies. Since 1998, he has been an active member of the folklore association “Gorjanac” in his home village. He has served as the Head of the Gorjani Municipality since 2009. Lović plays the bagpipes (“gajde”) and the tamburitza, and regularly accompanies “ljelje” on bagpipes in the processions that are held at Pentecost as well as when the custom is staged. He is listed among the Croatian bagpipe players in the Croatian Ministry of Culture’s document dealing with the protection of intangible cultural goods, entitled “The art of making and playing the ‘gajde’ and ‘dude’ in eastern and north-eastern Croatia” (March, 2008).
Lović has published articles in the journal “Đakovački vezovi” and the scholarly magazine “Poljoprivreda”. Besides being active in the local folklore association, he conducts research on the history and the traditional way of life of his part of the country, and cooperates with numerous institutions and organisations from all around Croatia.