Jevtović Dušan (Serbia)
|He was born in Gornja Tranava, a village near Prokuplje in 1925. He began doing painting in 1956. Traditional customs, Patron Saint Days, feasts, disasters, accidents, and universal human existence on the earth, in the intertwined friezes of figures with the pronounced gestures are a metaphor of the collective spirit, overall power of people in the good and the evil. White, yellow and red horses or ruby ones prancing in the sky are the symbol of the energy of life, or monsters as a symbol of the evil. In his paintings everlasting counterpoints are the fight between the human and the superhuman, the good and the evil. Tens of portraits of clusters of people are connected with most diverse events. The feeling for motion and distribution of masses points to his inborn sense of composition. The gestures, clothes and customs reveal the specificity of region and people in ecstatic mood.||
In the last fifty years he created extensive oeuvre and is now
ranked as one of most significant naïve artists in the world. He
participated in representative exhibitions in the country and
abroad, such as Salons and Biennials of Naïve art in Jagodina,
Munich (1968), Rome and Tokyo (1971), Paris, Belgrade (2003), Sofia
(2007), Budapest (2008), and in significant international
exhibitions: Lugano (1969), Naivi (1979, 1973, 1977…).
He was awarded numerous recognitions for his work, among which the most important are the Award for Entire Artistic Work (1987) and Grand Prix at the Ninth and Twelfth Biennial (1999, 2005).
Village Patron Saint’s Day, 2009,
acrylic on canvas, 95x130cm