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INTRODUCTION

I am an emerging visual artist born in Serbia in 1989.

After graduating from Art school Tehnoart Beograd, jewelry department, in 2009 I entered the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, where I obtained a Master’s degree in Painting in 2015.
Until now, I had four solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions and art colonies.
I live and create in Belgrade, Serbia. 

STATEMENT

I am a visual artist whose current visual expression is deeply rooted in the aesthetic thought of abstract minimalism and postminimalism. I create artworks on paper and canvas by exploring the possibilities of a framed and clear geometric form.
My work revolves around the exploration of color harmony, values, shapes, and perfect proportions. The starting point is a minimalistic approach and reexamination of the form of painting in an effort to reach aesthetic harmony. Line as a clash of two surfaces is the base building element and as such is present on the majority of artworks. My works are distinguished by geometrization, simplification, and reduction of everything unnecessary. By focusing on illumination as a visual element and building the painting around it, I’m exploring the descriptive boundaries of both coloured and monochrome surfaces. The technical approach is very traditional- oil and acrylic on canvas, gilding, and watercolors.

EDUCATION

2015 - Master's degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
2013 - Bachelor's degree in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia
2008 - Tehnoart Beograd, jewelcrafting department

SOLO SHOWS

2021 - Culture Center Pančevo: 00:00
2020 - Prodajna galerija Beograd: Back to Black
2020 - Gallery Atrijum, Belgrade City Library: Horizons
2019 - Art Space Kvaka 22 in Belgrade: The Golden Ratio

2015 – Memorial Gallery Dušan Starčević in Smederevska Palanka: Money and Decay

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 - Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Belgrade: A look into the Unexpected
2021 - ZContemporary, Germany via Kunstmatrix and Artsy + Widewalls: Black X White
2020 - Atelier DivArt, Belgrade: Magnovenje
2020 - Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Belgrade: Neću može, hoću mora!

2020 - Culture Center Kovin: 34th October Salon
2020 - Gallery A, Belgrade: 6th International Watercolor Biennial​
2020 - Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Belgrade: Spring exhibition - Where the Future Begins?
2020 - Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Belgrade: New members of ULUS
2019 - KVART Belgrade Waterfront & Gallery Štab, BW Experience / Gallery Progres in Belgrade: International watercolor exhibition Neocolonia Ada Beograd - FabrianoInAcquarello 19/20
2019 - The House of King Peter I in Belgrade, 28th Art Market: Mix and Cut
2019 - Culture Center Ivanjica: Festival Nušićijada
2019 - National Bank of Serbia in  Belgrade, Association of Serbian Architects ASA: Art - Today

2019 – Festival Dev9t in Belgrade: Alchemy
2015 – Belgrade Youth Center: 44th exhibit of small format drawing and sculpture – Faculty of Fine Arts students
2015 – Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery in Belgrade: The Beginning at the End – Graduate student drawing exhibit 
2015 – Belgrade Student Culture Center: FESTUM – Belgrade Art University student exhibition
2014 – Belgrade Youth Center: 43rd exhibit of small format drawing and sculpture – Faculty of Fine Arts students
2014 - Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery in Belgrade: As the City Remembers – Group exhibit of student artwork
2013 – Despotovac Youth Center: Small format drawing and sculpture exhibition – Faculty of Fine Arts students
2012 – Gallery 73 in Belgrade: Group exhibit of paintings, Art colony Ada 12
2011 – Gallery Trag in Belgrade: International miniature exhibition
2011 - Gallery 73 in Belgrade: Group exhibit of paintings, Art colony Ada 11
2010 – Galleria Caffe in Pančevo: Exhibition of the group Umetnički kombinat
2010 - Gallery 73 in Belgrade: Group exhibit of paintings, Art colony Ada 10
2008 – Museum of Pedagogy in Belgrade: Group exhibit of student artwork
2008 – Dom Vojske Srbije (House of the Army of Serbia): Group exhibit of student artwork
2004 –Vuk Karadžić Library in Belgrade: Group exhibit of student artwork

EVENTS

2019 - Neocolonia ADA Belgrade - FabrianoInAcquarello 19/20
2016 – Fine Arts Colony at the Festival Oslobađanje (Liberation) - Culture Center Perilo, Obrenovac
2013 – Painting of mural honoring 65 years of founding the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Bulevar umetnosti 20, Belgrade
2010 / 2011 / 2012 – Art Colony and charity auction in the organization of Rotary Club Čukarica

AWARDS

2020 - A commendation at the 1st autumn salon Magnovenje, Atelier Divart, Belgrade
2011 - 2nd place for the painting at the Art colony Ada 2011, Rotary club Čukarica, Belgrade

2008 - 3rd place for the piece of Fine Art, Domijada, Belgrade

2004 - 1st place for the competition Blood Means Life, Red Cross, Velika Plana

publications

Atlas of Fine Artists II, Slobodan Maldini, Sofia Lancoš Maldini, ASA, December 2019
A Fine Art Catalogue APÉRO Depth, August 2019

Membership

2020 - Member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia (ULUS)

2019 - Member of the Association of Serbian Architects (ASA)

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