- Boris Dragojević
name = Boris Dragojevic
imagesize = 180px
birthname = Boris Vojislav Dragojevic
birthdate = birth date|1956|7|3|mf=y
nationality = Montenegro
Painting, Drawing, Writing
training = Academy of Fine Arts,
Boris Dragojevic was born in
Cetinje, Montenegroon July 3, 1956. In 1983 Boris graduated at the Faculty of Fine Artsin Belgrade. He studied painting in the class of Professor Mirjana Mihac and got his Masters degree at the Department of Paintingin 1986.
Dragojevic has been a member of the [http://www.ulus.org.yu/ ULUS (Association of Visual Arts of Serbia)] and
free-lanceartist since 1984.
Archeology Of Light
Boris Dragojevic belongs to a family of
Mediterranean painters, a small assembly of brothers by sea. Among them are also Marko Murat, Emanuel Vidovic, Pedja Milosavljevic, Zvonimir Mihanovic; and the younger ones are Momcilo Macanovicand Sasa Montilio. They are all painters of Mediterraneanairs, the Southern sun, whose paintings have a scent of pines, cypresses and other plants growing by the sea. Perhaps that is why everything in his works is sanctified and lit, touched by spirit and miraculous. As if fire-flies are in the sea, and Locrum, Korculaand Our Lady of the Rocksbecome warm nests above the abyss.
Everything is humanized on Dragojevic’s paintings, even the civilization chaos.
Bay of Kotoris the center of the world, crystal of the sea and skies, and its immense depths are the birthplace and geography of dreams. Ships sail through the skies and underneath children play with delicate, colorful pebbles. Flanks in a marina of a forgotten old ship, crashed and washed out by numerous waves, a world in which a church is placed. In keeping with the ancient saying "“It is necessary to sail, it is not necessary to live”", every human being is a sailor. The painter is a Robinson who, like a novice, repents and atones for sins. He uses his brush to chase away evil, and his work wakes the spirit from eternal sleepiness. The painter is in collusion with eternity and sings it sweet canzones.
At the same time, Dragojevic belongs to another family of
painters. His opalcolors, paintings that seem as if they were painted by precious lapis lasuli, transparent ultramarine, Prussian blue, cobaltfrom the bottom of the sea, invoke some of the dreadful, heavy, twilight beauty described in poems written by William Blake, Goetheand Rimbaud, and paintings by John Martinand Milovan Vidak. Dragojevic painfully lives his paintings. However, his works are not only Mediterraneanand visionary. He uses his painting tools to move perspectives, bird’s view becomes frog’s view and scenes from the bottom are heavenly, according to the alchemicalmotto: “That which is above is like that which is below”. In a way, those are holly paintings, a reply of gift to the challenges of the times of postmodernand post-technological utopia. He revealed how a painter doesn’t have to be an iconpainter to create sacral pieces, to respond to challenges of history, to make peace between Western and Eastern tradition, church and everyday life. Our Savior is at the bottom of the sea, because God is everywhere. Christwas crucified to atone for the sins of all living creatures, to relieve the earth and heavens. Scenes of crucifixionsymbolize resurrectionand baptizing by light. There are the first waters and heavens from the beginning of Genesis.
This artist brought a seldom found union of sharpness and poetics. He joined
hyperrealismwith the intimacy of Belgradeschool, the precise figurationwith discrete imagination. He sailed the seas of melancholy, but he didn’t sink. He walked the deserted docks and beaches where a sense of being thrown into the world wakes from the very depths of human beings, where winds of doubt roar, yet everything is peaceful and in harmony. Isle of the Deadby Arnold Böcklin, under the intoxicating Mediterranean sun becomes the island of life. In the name of Dragojevic’s empire, let us remember Schopenhauer’s advice "“Before wonderful paintings we should be silent and wait for them to address us first”" or Paul Valery’s thoughts "“When you write about art of painting, ask for its forgiveness”".
Works of [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/details Boris Dragojevic] present him as an artist of
hyperrealism, prone to shrewd surrealistic opservation and opsessed with seaand underwaterworld, shores and monuments.
Dragojevic speculates, in a rather peculiar way, about life and its poetic text which follows his paintings in the catalogues. He claims: » [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2001.Those%20propellers%20do%20not%20propel%20my%20submarine...%2057x67cm.html Those propellers] do not propel my [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1999.Millennium%20submarine%A0flying%A0above%20ebb%A0tide%2057x67cm.html submarine] any more. There are too many wishes for the eyes of just one person«. These words vibrate deeper on the sight of quite extraordenary paintings » [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1999.Bluish%20Korcula%A037x47cm.html The Blue Korcula] « (1999). It is a canvas full of [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2002.Cruifix%20with%A0the%20hammerfish%2051x37cm.html blue light] . Under the rays of [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2004.Gospa%20od%20Skrpjela%2067x57cm.html imperceptible sunset] , [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1997.Red%20Korcula%2047x57cm.html Korcula] is shining, with its protruding red roofs; in the richly coloured blueness, [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2000.Gospa%20Od%20Skrpjela%2047x37cm.html the fish are floundering] , trying to emerge to the surface, along with a big yellow turf of seaweed; from the other side comes a shoal of pink fish; dazzling surreal but familiar and warm sight, skillfully and patiently elaborated. The same mixture of [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2003.Cruifix%20by%20I.%20Miladinovicu%2051x37cm.html undersea world] , in some sense unreal, and real [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1993.Big%20Silba%2037x47cm.html sea motifs] – is the characteristic of other painters too.
In » [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2001.%27%27Klapa%27%27%20below%20the%20fake%20pearls%2057x67cm.html Band under the false pearls] «, over the group of singers the ensnared shells are glimmering, over » [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2001.The%20Saint%A0George%20and%20Gospa%20Od%20Skrpjela%2057x67cm.html St George and Lady of Škrpjel] «, the tiny clouds are twinkling and at the bottom a shoal of fish; in the corner, there is some kind of [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1999.Millennium%20submarine%A0flying%A0above%20ebb%A0tide%2057x67cm.html submarine] (a motif seen in every painting: the artist’s symbol for penetrating into impenetrable) whose prepellers are moving silently.
According to Rajko Vujisic, »the perceptible and sensual world of Dragojevic, [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1993.Matinee%20with%20%27%27Ukljatas%27%2737x47cm.html the world over and under the sea] , as well as his colouristic plays and opservations recommend him as a [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Kritike/critics.html homomediteraneus] « among the
painters; Dragojevic in the peculiar but expected way of his, finds the universal note and balance in the varieties of his central message.
That is all Dragojevic’s aesthtics and
symbolism, somewhat strange but pure, [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2002.Briskulin%2051x37cm.html mysterious] but [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/01English/1998.No%20Schooner,%20No%20Leut%2057x67cm.html not at all morbid] .
The central part of Dragojevic’s artwork lies in his hereditary and post-hereditary experience combined with a brilliant creative ability. The first impression about his paintings is the exquisite technical knowledge. It is a very rare skill and leads to ultimate precision, the materialization and sensual quality of every single detail in his
paintings. The seas, skies, stones, on-the-shore pulled out served barges. The artistic world of Boris Dragojevic lies in the mixture of real and surreal: he builds up some new visions of magic attraction. The recognizable motifs are taken from our very neighbourhood. The old buildings made of stone, Sveti Stefan, Perast, Our Lady of the Rocks( Gospa od Škrpjela), Sveti Đorđe Island, the temple of Bellavista...
Dragojevic enchants with his imagination, with painting by painting, turning upside down that real world, exchanging it for the world of fantasy. A newly cycle of his is but a new confirmation of his qualities and true
In early 90-s, thanks to his collaboration with a French publishing house »
Les Humanoïdes Associés«, artistBoris Dragojevic launched into the world of comic book; the collaboration ended up after the outbreak of the warin 1991. For the first time in Belgrade, we saw extracts from the first unfinished series of an alternativecomic book Leutenant Dilber(sailor).
That avantgarde comic book is imbued with humour and vision, conjuring up the legacy of
pop-artand, in a rather satiricalmanner, predicting the future events in ex- Yugoslavia. Although it has never been published, this comic book remains a rare and most precious artisticachievement of the murky years of last decade.
[http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2001/01/1987.Malinconia%2037x37cm.html Waiting for the Ship Bound for Montenegro] - Masters of
ArtsExhibition, Gallery of FFA, Belgrade 1986.
Dedicated to Sergio Blazic - INA (Petrol Industry),
Zagreb1987. Notturno1 to 11 - Art Pavilion, Podgorica1988. MediterraneanMetal Magnoliaceae- YugoslavArt Gallery, Belgrade 1994.
Between the Extremes - Ljetnjikovac Buca - Lukovic gallery,
Something in between - "
Sue Ryder" Gallery, Herceg Novi1997. Mattins- Museum of Ruma 1998.
In memory of
Gojko Berkuljan- Gallery "Most" , Podgorica2001.
[http://www.borisdragojevic.net/Galerije/Galerija%2002/02/02English/2001.Those%20propellers%20do%20not%20propel%20my%20submarine...%2057x67cm.html Those propellers] ... - Ljetnjikovac Buca - Lukovic gallery, Tivat 2001.
Each one carries own
cross- Yugoslav Art Gallery, Belgrade2002.
seaGallery "Geca Kon", Belgrade 2004. Abysses- Gallery "Open University Subotica", Subotica2004. MediterraneanStory - Gallery "Basement", Novi Sad2005.
20 Years of devotion - Gallery "Progres", Beograd 2005.
Contemporary Montenegrin Drawings (young) - Youth Centre, Podgorica 1983.
ULUS's New Members - Belgrade 1984.
Young Montenegrin Artists - Youth Centre, Podgorica 1984.
III Exhibition of
Contemporary MontenegrinDrawings - Youth Centre, Podgorica 1985.
XIV Prospective - Yugoslav Art Gallery, Belgrade 1986
SINCE 1987, THE AUTOR HAS NOT TAKEN PART IN ANY DOMESTIC GROUP EXIBITIONS
Colours of Boka - "Vincent iz Kastva" gallery, Istrian National Theater,
* [http://www.borisdragojevic.net Boris Dragojevic] artist's official web site
* [http://www.borisdragojevic.net/details Boris Dragojevic - Paintings Gallery] some details of his paintings in
oil on canvas.
* [http://www.babilon.rs Tower of Babel] Boris Dragojevic - Painting
Tower of Babyloninspirated by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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