Radomir Djukanovic – Bajina Basta, Serbis

"Combined" Canvas 140x100cm 2012


Briefly describe the work that you do.

In my work, I reinterpretate the high modernism, once dominated by Art Informel, in a manner that evokes postmodernism. my “image” is a blend of the traditional notion of a painting dominated by artistic composition and colour pattern on the one hand and the modern idea of a painting which encompasses “non-traditional” materials and matter painting on the other. This “post-traditional painting” is also symbolist painting (U. Eco) with symbols ranging from empty and rudimentary to more associative ones.

At what point in your life did you decide to become an artist?

I just wanted to paint, and make good paintings. I can`t remember if I ever wanted to become an artist. Maybe when I decided to study art.

Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.

-A faded colour, a landscape. The daily recurrence of shapes, the fixed walking route, the thirty years of living in one place, the reminiscences of familiar artistic truths together with the echoes of a happy childhood inspire a unique feeling of disapearing inside me. I try to capture it in a painting. Rather cold and laid completely bare, the feeling, although repetitive, is hard to render in painting.

"Roaming" oil, wax and spraypaint on canvas 120x100cm 2014

oil, wax and spraypaint on canvas

What types of conceptual concerns are present in your work? How do those relate to the specific process(es) or media you use?

It is very important to me to react on what I see. and what I see I don`t like.  By recycling the everyday life of a backwater using what may sometimes be perceived as brutal methods, I have managed to generate noise and a certain amount of absurdity that has a wholesome effect on me.

79x53cm Acrylic tempera on board 2013

Acrylic tempera on board

We once heard Chuck Close say he did not believe in being inspired, rather in working hard everyday. What motivates you in your studio practice?

-To paint on a daily basis, the way one lives from day to day, without a prearranged subject, without waiting for inspiration or romantic enjoyment. Layer upon layer, day after day, until the truth has revealed itself.

What artists living or non-living influence your work?

many of them.

When you are not making art what types of activities and interests do you engage in? 

I teach art in elementary school.


Inex Film gallery, Belgrade, Milisavljeva kuća ili šta ti vozi zet sad
Multimedial Art Studio, Odžaci, 1-11. june
Galerija Doma omladine, Belgrade, works., (with Dušan Stošić)
“Stepenište” gallery, Belgrade
Gallery of “Narodni Univerzitet Vranje”
Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pančevo, paintings
Maržik Gallery, Kraljevo
The Mining and Metallurgy Museum, Bor
Youth Club Kragujevac,(with Milan Nesic)
SKC Belgrade, The VIP Gallery, Serbian Visual Scene, paintings, objects
Culture Club Srebrenica
The Culture Club Gallery Šabac
Former City Hall Bajina Bašta, 6th Convention of Serbian Crossword Setters

Small Art Salon Kragujevac, paintings
SKC Belgrade (with Slavko Djuric)
SKC Kragujevac (with Slavko Djuric)
Culture Club Srebrenica
Former City Hall Bajina Bašta

The first regional gifs festival GIFEST, Subotica (3. prize)
First international biennial of small prints, Niš
30X30, Culture Club Zrenjanin
Serbian Contemporary Artists Reveal,Gallery of contemporary art center„Strategie Art”, Belgrade
6x6x2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s (RoCo), international small art exhibition, Rochester, NY
11th International Miniature Art Biennial, Culture Club, Gornji Milanovac
Biennial of Graphic Arts , the new graphic moment. Culture Club Čačak
30X30, Culture Club Zrenjanin
Mail art exhibition, SKC Kragujevac
Thetriennial of visual and experimental poetry, Culture club Valjevo
The International Group Exhibition – Political nonsense!, Decumanus Gallery, Krk , Croatia, catalogue
“Domazet” collection, Maržik Gallery, Kraljevo

Niš Drawing Exhibition 2010, “Drawing – a new medium”, The Serbia Gallery
11thKEF, Short Digital Film Festival ///
30X30, Culture Club Zrenjanin
Short amateur film festival “In треш” , Elektrika gallery, Pančevo
The Visual Language of the Cyrillic Alphabet, Gallery of Modern Art Lazarevac
The Moment of Privacy Has Passed, Sketchbooks by Contemporary Artists, Architects and designers The Usher Gallery, Lincoln, England
“Youth 2010” Nis, Belgrade, Novi Sad, The Nis Art Foundation, catalogue
Niš Drawing Exhibition 2009, “Communication”, Gallery of Modern Art, Niš
2nd Drawing Biennial, The Historical Archives Gallery, Pančevo
Small Format Show, Culture Club Grocka
2009 April Meeting of Artists, SKC Belgrade, The VIP Gallery
2nd Ex-Yu Graphic Arts Exhibition, The SKC New Belgrade Gallery
Fine Arts Salon 30X30, Gallery of Modern Art, Zrenjanin, September
Henkel Art Award, the modern drawing category 08, The Legacy House, Belgrade
9th International Miniature Art Biennial, Culture Club, Gornji Milanovac
30X30, Gallery of Modern Art, Zrenjanin
1st Drawing Biennia, Pančevo
Watercolour Exhibition, Culture club Šabac
18th Regional Fine Arts Salon, The City Gallery, Užice
30X30, Culture Club Zrenjanin

Watercolour Exhibition Ečka, Gallery of modern Art, Zrenjanin
Real presence, Generation 2002, 25. Maj museum Belgrade, 25-31 august 2002.
1st Student Drawing Biennial, Culture Club, Studentski Grad Belgrade


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