Born in 1979, Belgrade, Serbia.
Lives and works in Belgrade.
Portrait of a Friend, 2015
Acrylic, pastel, wood, cardboard
My art can be defined as realism that is not reducible to mere mimesis but based on a stance that our interpretation of the world is always conditioned by conventions, ideology and zeitgeist. Realism thus becomes just one of many possible means to explore new society and new stances on society and nature. Through portraits I allow the public to notice that man is also a significant representation of our cultural environment in representations that offer much more than just finely composed or virtuously articulated depictions of one person. My interest in the less glorious, everyday aspects of life reveals motifs that are sort of sublime and yet not connected with social position or physical beauty. My large-scale portraits, disconnected from the media onslaught of forms and styles, celebrate diversity and man’s uniqueness. And yet these images are not some romantic escape into an idyllic world of beauty and nobility; they become symbols of fundamental isolation, of metaphysical journeys through inner and outer worlds, of the microcosm of the body, its vulnerability and coming face to face with fears, of the eternal dance of life mocked by death. Painting large heads suggests not so much a descent into the psyche of an individual – it certainly is not a quest for the simple pleasure that comes from recognition – but more a stealthy, almost anonymous quest for how an image may confront the mystery of consciousness. As the eye of the spectator follows one strand of hair, or the wrinkles on a face, human existence flickers before it. This poetic approach governs my relation to the world and also, for a moment, allows the spectator to see things from a different point of view that may change their opinion. At that moment, she or he is forced to think about what she or he sees…