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Živković Bogosav

     
     

Živković Bogosav (Serbia)

1920-2005

     
  Živković Bogosav - My Home  
 
  He was born in Leskovac near Lazarevac (Serbia) in 1920. As a young man he was trained in the craft of leather-working, so he early learned to use various tools: chisel, awl and needles for sewing leatherjackets decorated with floral and geometric borders. Due to his poor health he gave up leatherworking in 1945 and moved to Belgrade where he found a job as a door attendant. He did his first sculpture in 1957 and had his first independent exhibition in 1960. His inspiring motif was a dream – a large, serpent was moving swiftly across a meadow, leaving a slimy track behind, and then, with its tail caught a stranger dressed in a monk’s cowl and robe. The intensity of the dream made him carve his visions in wood in order to release his nightmare.To express himself, Živković used natural shape of the trunk with or without branches, then smaller and thinner parts of branches, even ivy roots. Natural protuberances and hollows, various gnarls and the mere mass of the matter inspired the artist to create the most diverse forms. His chisel follows natural configuration of the wood, thus liberating, cutting, trimming and shaping anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, and less frequently animal or architectural shapes. He mostly did relief by which he covered his monumental columns. With soft modelling of organic forms which did not show acute angles, like unique bestiaries, he erased the borderlines between the material and the form, between the real and the unreal, thus creating a unique atmosphere. A great number of his monumental sculptures are in galleries and museums worldwide. Oto Bihalji - Merin, Michel Thevos, Roger Cardinal and many others wrote about him. "The Magic Garden" in his native village, a temple of his art abundant with sculptures in stone and wood, reliefs of carved objects, coloured accessory edifices etc. bears best witness of his art.  
  My Home, n. d, wood, n. d, height 204cm  
 
 
 
 
Živković Bogosav - Big-eyed Monster Živković Bogosav - Gate Živković Bogosav - Dreams and Idea Živković Bogosav - From My Dreams Živković Bogosav - My Home
         
Big-eyed Monster, n. d,

wood,
height 106cm

Gate, n. d,

wood (releif),
height 45x172cm

Dreams and Idea, n. d,

wood,
height 295cm

From My Dreams, n. d,

wood,
height 97cm

My Home, n. d,
wood,
height 204cm
 
         
         
 
 
 
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