Barbarien - Predrag Milićević (Serbia)
He was born in Jagodina in 1963. He began doing painting in 1992. He
lived in Belgrade and Jagodina.
He had his first solo exhibition in 1994 in the country and abroad and displayed his works on significant international exhibitions worldwide (Paris, Bratislava, Budapest, Trebnje). His first solo exhibition entitled “Punch on the Middle Class” was proclaimed the exhibition of the week and month in Belgrade, in January 1994. He became a member of Association of Serbian Artists in 1994.
He received numerous awards and recognitions:
- 1992 Award of October Salon, Club of Artists in Svetozarevo
- 1994 Best exhibition of the week and month, Association of Serbian Artists, Belgrade
- 1996 First Prize of Club of Artists in Jagodina, Regional Museum, Jagodina
- 2003 Special Recognition for the Exhibited Works, the Eleventh Biennial MNMA, Jagodina
- 2005 Special Recognition for the Exhibited Works, the Twelfth Biennial MNMA, Jagodina
- 2007, Cristal Prism, Annual award for culture, art, science and education, Cultural-Educational Association, Jagodina
- Grand Prix for the Exhibited works, the Thirteenth Biennial MNMA, Jagodina
His painting epitomizes the feeling of weakness of an adult and
childish feeling of omnipotence. Being one of the most significant
representatives of the so-called Art Brut, Barbarien, as his
pseudonym reveals, was a metaphor of outcry of a strong authentic
spirit against claustrophobic social norms and false morale, which
was his inspiring motive.
Besides painting without any censorship of idea, the artist gave his works bizarre names, thus alluding to their anti-literary spirit.
His oeuvre includes several cycles, thematically defined: Once There Were Serbs, Punch on the Middle Class, Chronicles from Gabersse House, Those Were the Days, From Dusk to Dawn, Pay Toll.
With his infantile lust for power over his surroundings, his curiosity which tries to change the world expressively, by using intriguing colour and linear orchestrations and energetic and wide brush strokes, he directly brings us into his work and momentous condition of his inner conflicts, raw and intensively. Barbarien got rid of his unrest and frustrations by painting. He pulled out the monsters of his life abyss and placed them on the canvas "raw". His whole oeuvre, the contours of his soul in the soul in the claws of absurd of life was created in relatively short period of time, nearly momentarily and expressively. Besides painting, he successfully did poetry and art photography.
Nina Krstić, Naivna i marginalna umetnost Srbije, monografija, MNMU, Jagodina, 2007
Nina Krstić, Barberien, monografija, MNMU, Jagodina, 2010
Nina Krstić, Outsiders, Catalogue, MNMU, Jagodina, 2013
|Hypocrisy (from the cycle Prison Days), 2003,
oil on cardboard, 107.5x80cm