Please join us for a very special event at the Charles Street Gallery. For the first time in the USA two painters from Serbia will present their work. The exhibition opens on Friday, April 21st at 6:30 PM
When I was a child, my parents enrolled me in a drawing course. I remember drawing, erasing and tearing one piece of paper after another in attempt to make simple image of a chair come to life. My teacher looked at all the torn paper and told me that one day I will surely become a painter.
I wish that his words were true, but my life took me in different direction. I finished elementary school and Gymnasium in Kikinda and I received my BA in Law from University of Belgrade. I went to the Law school, chasing that good old security of 9-5 life, but I never stopped drawing and painting. I experimented with various forms of expression, from sculpture to painting, from hyper-realism to impressionism and from abstract art to aquarelle. My aspirations in painting have always been diverse, both in techniques and in the subject matters , but most often and with greatest passion, I find myself painting portraits.
Whether it’s a single person or a group, my goal is to explore the inner life of subjects and to convey it to the viewer with a feeling of serenity and relaxation. My motivation is to amuse the viewer, much like a witty eloquent who would like to make people laugh and think at the same time – only I am trying to achieve this goal using visual arts. My visual comedies are mostly tied to the feelings of family warmth, sometimes to a the subtle ironies of human characters, and seldom to a sarcastic commentaries of certain ills of the society. And if you ask me about those noses, I would answer with a quote – they are the “crack in everything through which the light comes in”.
So far, I’ve had six solo exhibitions and have participated in approximately twenty collective exhibitions. It is my pleasure and privilege to share these paintings with you.
I was born in Kikinda, Serbia in 1958. I am physician, specialist in physical therapy, rehabilitation and acupuncture. I am practicing medicine at the City Hospital of Kikinda, Serbia and I am also a painter. I fell in love with art and I started painting in my early teens and I never stopped. I was fortunate to be trained by great masters of the watercolor, which I adopted as my technique of choice. I perfected my artistic sensibilities by studying works of great artists in major galleries of Europe. I had seven solo exhibitions and number of group exhibitions.
My roots are in a small and very special village of Mokrin a few miles north of Kikinda. I like to spend my time there and I consider it to be my spiritual home. Very often the sights and vistas of this village and the surrounding areas are subjects of my paintings. Once, in very distant past, this entire area was covered by the waters of the Panonian Sea. The sea has gone long time ago leaving behind a huge empty, flat space that resonates with energy. I have a strong connection with that space and with the energy of the water.
My themes are space, soil, water and light. When an object or a human figure enters my paintings it is only to highlight the space and its qualities. How do I paint the space? By arranging objects, lights and points of view so they suggest existence and the qualities of the living space. For me, the space is not just absence of objects, but living and vibrant entity graced with beauty, serenity and awe-inspiring silence.