Djordje Ozbolt Yugoslavia, b. 1967

Overview

Constantly exploring a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, and sculpture, Djordje Ozbolt, who successfully held the Pavilion of Serbian at the 58th Venice Biennale, has gained global reputation for his unique works. Having spent his early childhood years in Yugoslavia where the atrocities of social conflicts and civil insurgencies persisted, he subsequently settled down in London. Such an acknowledgement of Ozbolt’s personal account sheds light on his emotional sensibilities and artistic perspective that he embedded into his works. Henceforth, his personal reinterpretations of a subject matter – whether it be issues from current events, an extraction from the media, acquaintances of new cultures during his worldwide travels, or even ordinary content excerpted from his massive private collections of nonfiction books – take on a whole new approach on his canvas. This further enables the medium of ‘painting,’ which has often been seen as a more traditional form of activity, to undertake creative and experimental possibilities for artistic expression. What most stands out in his work is the emergence of eccentric imaginative imageries. In his paintings and sculptures often portray unfamiliar backdrops imbued with animals, objects, and human characters that conduct themselves in rather unforeseen behaviors. By breaking the traditional norms, Ozbolt recalls various components emanating from different art movements – Primitive Art, Cubism, Realism, and Surrealism – hence making it impossible to define his works into a single category.

 

Djordje Ozbolt studied artchitecture at School of Architecture at University of Belgrade, Belgrade, received a BA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London and an MA in Painting from Royal Academy of Art, London. He has held solo exhibitions including Gallery Baton, Seoul (2017); the Holburne Museum, Bath (2016) and has participated in group exhibitions at international major museums and art institutions such as Tate Britain, London (2006), Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010); National Museum of Art, Osaka (2012); Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill (2015); New York White Columns (2005) and etc.

Works
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Look, 2021
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Look, 2021
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Love, 2021
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Love, 2021
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Run, 2021
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Run, 2021
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Doubt, 2021
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Doubt, 2021
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Dragging My Colourful Past, 2020
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Dragging My Colourful Past, 2020
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Greatness of Critical Mass, 2019
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Greatness of Critical Mass, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, The Visitors, 2019
    Djordje Ozbolt
    The Visitors, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, On the Cliff, 2019
    Djordje Ozbolt
    On the Cliff, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Plain Sailing, 2019
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Plain Sailing, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Three Times Lucky, 2019
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Three Times Lucky, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Observing Poet, 2017
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Observing Poet, 2017
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Taking it Further, 2017
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Taking it Further, 2017
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Always Look Up, 2017
    Djordje Ozbolt
    Always Look Up, 2017
  • Djordje Ozbolt, After Rain, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Look Out, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Eternal Puzzle, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Lonely, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Accidental Meeting, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Painter's Pet, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Sun Spots, 2019
  • Djordje Ozbolt, Modern Man, 2017
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