1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
I am a visual artist currently located in Sombor, in the northern part of Serbia, born in the mid-’80s in the country called Yugoslavia. After obtaining a degree in painting, I got my MA in drawing, and I spend most of the time in my studio, where I’m preparing something for the upcoming exhibitions and other projects.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
It’s something that I’ve been developing for many years, but in a direction that people now recognize. Everything I did as a student was preparation for what I’m working on now. Today, my childhood drawings really help me find myself, and from time to time I check some drawings from that period of time. I keep a few thousands of drawings from that period, so I always find something that can be used for inspiration.
In some of previous, and also in current artworks I’m inspirited by Balkan folk art culture and fairy tales, sci-fi of ’70s and ’80s, cartoons or even sometimes paganism, etc… it depends on the series.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Currently, its colored pencil and graphite on paper, because it gives me the possibility to create exactly what I want, and the visual part of my art always follows the idea.
Now colored pencils and graphite on paper are a perfect match for what I am currently developing. I am sure it will change after some period of time. In printmaking, I’ve been invested in silkscreen making for the last four or even five years, and now I’m thinking a lot about linocut prints, and I already did some small size linocuts and it’s fresh to me now. I am excited to be working on linocuts after so many years, it requires a totally different point of view and way of thinking. In art they’re so many things that you can choose, it’s truly wonderful, and I am excited to always try something new for myself and to learn from that.
4. What is your artistic process like?
First I come up with an idea (I either type it down on my iPhone or make a small sketch on paper) and make some kind of draft which usually sits on my desk for some time. Then I filter through these sketches and decide which ones will give me a good base to start working on the actual artwork.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
There are no fixed inspirations. I always try to stay open to many different experiences and aspects of life and allow them to inspire me so that my art can grow without boundaries. It can be anything from an album cover, a good exhibition, travel, architecture, movie or documentary; it’s always some kind of my personal research depending on the topic that I’m about to cover.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
When I was younger I never imagined how big of an impact will art have on my life. It is my true calling in life and thus it plays a huge role in my life and has a significant impact on the way I view the world.
7. Where did you study?
I studied painting and drawing at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. However, I believe it’s equally as important (if not more) how we develop ourselves beside and after our academic studies.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
It’s hard to say because my situation sometimes changes a lot in just six months, so it’s hard to predict what exactly will happen in five years. I think it’s crucial to be satisfied with your own progress because that will lead you in the desired direction.
9. What about in ten?
Please read the previous question. 🙂
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
There’s not just one thing that you can achieve with art, there are plenty, and I strive to achieve all of them rather than just one specific thing. Art as such is a multilayered complex.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
I particularly love fruit, fish and all different sorts of cheese. And fresh fruit ice cream, too!
12. Favourite book?
When I think about this, I must say that whenever I was reading a book that book was my favourite at that point in time.
13. Favourite genre of music?
There are days when I listen to some extreme underground music, and days when I listen to synth-pop or new wave, it all depends on how I feel when I wake up. Anything from black metal to Michael Jackson is possible. 🙂
14. What are your hobbies?
In the early 2000s, I was working on different fanzines and since 2003 I collect vinyl records. In my free time, I also love to play games on my Super Nintendo. I have a small collection of art prints from different artists, and I also love watching movies but don’t consider that a hobby.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
An art collector, a gallerist, or an art curator.