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Bora Iljovski


                               
                                                                                      Orator, Great Seal Award, 1969,
                                                                                      aquatint, etching, 78x60cm


Bora Iljovski is a Serbian painter, one of the authentic protagonists of modernism in painting. His individual artistic style was pattern based, pattern forms filled the surface of his canvas; his art was so identifiable that it made Iljovski a striking phenomenon whose work was carefully followed by art critics. Two exhibitions marked the highlight of his career. He represented Yugoslavia at the 41st Venice Biennale in 1982, and a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in 2006. He relativized the significance of the pattern in his work with the stance: "Nothing is finished and perfect not even with a pattern. Initially, I admire the pattern as a perfect design, then I disrupt it. " On receiving the prestigious Politika Award for Fine Art in 2007, he said: "When I paint, I never have a plan. Art is an adventure. Who knows what can happen. Plans are for politicians, not artists. ” Thus he set free the poetic discourse of reduction in his work and the eventual principles of patterning.

Bora Iljovski studied painting under professor Djordje Bošan. In addition to painting, in his early formative years, he made drawings and prints. At his first solo exhibition at the Graphic Collective Gallery in June 1968, he exhibited drawings showing a tendency toward the figurative mode of expression that was stylistically close to his generation. That printmaking was not just an episode in Bora Iljovski’s oeuvre, was confirmed when he was awarded the Great Seal of the Graphic Collective in 1969. The jury awarded Bora Iljovski’s print the Speaker (aquatint, etching), because his prints testified to his distinct artistic personality, an undoubted sensibility for printmaking and strong expressiveness. The jury members were: Dušan Ristić, painter and set designer, Božidar Prodanović, painter and printmaker and Boško Karanović, painter and printmaker. They were respected authorities who recognized an authentic artistic phenomenon in the young artist who, within the new figurative art movement, used caricatural contours to create a diverse visual art narrative.
(translation: Vanda Perović)

Bora Iljovski (1942. Drenovo/Greece – 2013. Belgrade), graduated at the Academy for Fine Arts, Belgrade, specializing in Visual Arts, class professor Djordje Bosan. From 1968 he had solo exhibitions (Belgrade, Ljubljana, Paris) and group exhibitions, national and international (Belgrade, Zagreb, Bled, Cairo, Rijeka, Brussels, New Delhi, Rome, Helsinki, Wroclaw, Bilbao, Moscow, Warsaw...). He represented Jugoslavia, 1982, at the Venice Biennial. Retrospective exhibition, 2006, Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade. Selected awards: Award for Visual Arts, ULUS, Belgrade, 1968; Award Big Seal, Graficki kolektiv, Belgrade, 1969; Award for the Visual Arts at the 5th Youth Biennial, Rijeka, 1969; Award for the Visual Arts at the 7th Dubrovnik Salon, Dubrovnik, 1987; First Award at the Fall ULUS exhibition, Belgrade, 1991; Politika Award, fond Vladislav Ribnikar, 2007. He worked in the field of painting, drawing, illustration and collage.



                   
Map of the Head, 1968,                         A Mechanic's Hand, 1970,             A Mechanic's Head, 1970,
oil on canvas, 185x172cm                     oil on canvas, 160x120cm             oil on canvas, 170x140cm

 

 

 
 
 
 
   
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