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Enthusiastic, creative, social, and passionate about art.
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 a single point of light and by building the painting around it, I’m exploring the descriptive boundaries of a coloured surface. 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Velika Plana in 1989. I enrolled in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade as a graduate of High school Tehnoart Beograd, as well as a student in the drawing studio of Gradimir Rajković. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 2013, and a Master’s degree in 2015 as a student in the class of professor Dobrica Bisenić.

Upon completing the studies I participated in a number of group exhibitions, had four solo shows and took part in a few art colonies. My first solo exhibition (2015) Money and Decay, in the Dušan Starčević Memorial Gallery, dealt with the topic and symbolism of bonds, coinage, and money as a general concept. A few years later (2019), for the first time I exhibited pieces from The Golden Ratio series in the Art Space Kvaka 22 in Belgrade. The further development of the series was presented at the exhibition Horizons in the Atrijum Gallery of the Belgrade City Library. My solo show Back to Black in the Prodajna galerija Beograd presented a selection of pieces of decolourized basis from the same cycle. I have been a member of ULUS (Association of Fine Artists of Serbia) since 2020.

TECHNIQUE

My approach is very traditional in the sense that I'm not utilizing any new or extraordinary materials and techniques. I focus most on creating a visual note of my ideas, rather than creating a new visual language or expression.

EXPERTISE

Decisive in searching for her harmony, Marija is on a quest for her own perfection. She
achieves harmony in the very act of creation by tonal values and sporadically accented
gilding, in order to reach the point of light as a final “crescendo”. Her paintings have an
associative value, in the moment when Marija pauses in her abstraction and leaves to the
observer to develop his/her own personal experience and interpretation.
Kruna Novović, MA art historian

AWARDS
PAST EXHIBITIONS
 

Solo shows:

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 (selection):
2020 Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić in Belgrade: ULUS Spring Show: Where the future begins?
2019 KVART Belgrade Waterfront & Gallery Štab in Belgrade: International watercolor
exhibition Neocolonia Ada Belgrade
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
2011 Gallery Trag in Belgrade: International miniature exhibition
2011 Gallery 73 in Belgrade: Group exhibit of paintings, Art colony
Ada 11

PUBLICATIONS

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

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