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Joškin Šiljan
IS ANYBODY HERE?

     
             
 

Joškin Šiljan, Brate luk a kau on d mun

 

 

The exhibition of works of Joškin Šiljan organised by Association of Serbian Artists and Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art opened at Art Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzorić” on Friday, 6 March at 7:00 pm

Natalija Cerović, Nina Krstić and Nikola Šindik gave speeches at the opening ceremony and then the author thanked the organisers and audience for their interest.

More than two hundred works were displayed. They revealed the wealth of the artist’s spirit as a constant phenomenon, which is more explained in the bilingual monograph published by Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art, entitled JOŠKIN ŠILJAN- IS ANYBODY HERE?

Joškin Šiljan was born in Pirot (Serbia) on 28 March 1953. He lives and works in Grdelica. He began doing painting in 1987 and had his first exhibition in 1996. In 2000 he became a member of Serbian Association of Artists. He had solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad and participated in significant international events. He is a winner of many awards including the award for drawing at the Biennial of Drawing and Small Plastics, Art Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzorić” Belgrade, 2005, the award of Association of Serbian Artists for painting at spring exhibition, Art Pavilion “Cvijeta Zuzorić”, Belgrade, 2006 and Grand Prix for the exhibited works at the Fourteenth Biennial of Naïve and Marginal Art, MNMA Jagodina, 2009.

Freedom and spontaneity in the selection of motifs and materials point to the opulence of his spirit, lucidity and touching sincerity. The artist’s sensibility and tension are revealed in vibrant graphics of his drawings. Like a topographic sketch of terrain of some imaginary landscape, his works point to the strength of authentic pictorial expression, the interior of his wealthy spirit which unconditionally surrenders to the adventures of creative automatism. Like details in Street Art, his whole oeuvre is in fact a reaction to any censorship, even self-censorship. It is best conformed by unlimited freedom of composition, humorous and sarcastic comments which appear as an epilogue which never threats a cheerful, warm and sincere tone in his artistic expression.

 

Nina Krstić

 
 


 

From the Exhibition Opening

 
               
               
 
 
 
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