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Aleksić Dragutin


Aleksić Dragutin (Serbia)


  Aleksić Dragutin - Mountain Wedding   He was born in Sladaja near Despotovac (Serbia) in 1947. He began doing sculpture in 1968. His preoccupation with existential problems of farmers, highlanders, miners is visible in the structures of extraordinary expressive force, achieved by a specific manner of procession, more with forceful cuts in the wood by an axe than by a sculptor’s chisel. In sculptural treatment, Dragutin Aleksić’s work has a touch of art brut, or more precisely, is on the borderline between naïve art and art brut. He began exhibiting in 1970 and he had solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He received several international awards and recognitions. The greatest collection of his sculptures is at MNMA in Jagodina. He was a winner of numerous awards and recognitions for his artistic work.
Led by a strong instinct, he transmitted his raw energy into a wooden mass, thus emphasizing a predominant force of a man – highlander, who seizes from the nature in his fight for survival. In his sculptures with multiplied figures, central figures or events are rare.
  While doing sculpture Aleksić liberates a thought, not a tale, hence the intensity of expression is most pronounced in the mere procedure of rapid cutting, in order to make his idea visible as soon as possible. With deeper, abrupt, unexpected incision in wood he created dynamic light effects where the dance of light and shadow provides an additional dynamics to the whole work. He was an artist of action and instinct without pictorial deliberation. Hence his idea was raw, uncultivated, but direct, suggestive, sometimes schematically given but intensive and complete.
From whole mass of monumental trunks looking like specific totems, heads and busts, rarely whole figures of people and animals together with vegetation emerged.


M. Bošković, M. Maširević, Samouki likovni umetnici u Srbiji, Torino, 1977.
O. Bihalji-Merin, N. B. Tomašević, Enciklopedija naivne umetnosti sveta, Beograd, 1984.
N. Krstić, Naivna umetnost u Srbiji, SANU, Beograd – MNMU, Jagodina, 2003.
Lj. Kojić, Dragutin Aleksić, monografija, MNMU, Jagodina, 2006.
N. Krstić, Naivna i marginalna umetnost Srbije, MNMU, Jagodina, 2007.


  Mountain Wedding, 1968, wood, height 114cm  
Aleksić Dragutin - Nesrećna nevesta Aleksić Dragutin - Mountain Traveller Aleksić Dragutin - Sad Master Aleksić Dragutin - Village Wedding Aleksić Dragutin - Unhappy Mother
Unhappy Bride, n. d,

wood, height 155cm

Mountain Traveller, n. d,

wood, height 145cm

Sad Master, 1968,

wood, height 100cm

Village Wedding, 1969,

wood, height 148cm

Unhappy Mother, 1970,
wood, height 140cm
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