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Deja Mar

Born: 1989

Hometown: Lajkovac

Based in: Uzice

Dejan Markovic - Deja Mar (1989. Belgrade, Serbia)

Welcome to my gardens.
With too much pressure to be informed, active, politically, and socially involved there is little to no time for peace and beauty.
Without any serious thought and aspiration, I started creating those gardens for my own pleasure, like a haven, sort of escape to a place where I can meditate and gain strength for the everyday struggle. I was more than moved and grateful to find out that this escapism is welcomed in private collections over the globe.
Usually, I do collages but recently I started going back to painting, always trying to stay true to myself but never the same, exploring color, forms, composition, trying to find the perfect piece of childhood memory, dream, adventure.
If I need to put some artistic labels on my works, I would describe them as minimalistic color-field abstractions with pop art elements.
Parallel to this, I have more than 15 years of writing poetry, and more than 10 years of performance art practice under the name Dejan Klement.

Academy of Fine Arts, Trebinje, painting
Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrade, painting
Masterclass Marina Abramovic Institute, performance
High School of Art, Užice, sculpture

 



Deja Mar In The Studio

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More About Deja Mar

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Contemporary poetry, the exploration of nature, and the fatalism of love.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I think I’m obsessed with testing composition, always trying to go a step further, and when the impossible becomes possible and I manage to get balance, I know I’ve done a good job. Yet I think I am a slave to the color that is the basis of all my work. I never work on a template or sketch, I don't have a plan in advance, I always try to listen to the work and see what naturally follows.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Colors, shapes, and compositions.

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

I don't think there's an era where I'm not in love with at least one artist, but there is no deception when it comes to paintings and collages. Matisse is certainly in the first place, but I love Miró, Calder, Frankenthaler, Rothko... I could go for hours like this.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

I always carry scissors with me, but I think that intuition is still the most important one.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

The artwork should be organically connected.

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I travel into my memories.


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Last updated: September 22, 2021


Credentials

Education

Academy of Fine Art

Serbia, 2014

Academy of Fine Art

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012

High school of Art

Serbia, 2008

Awards

Mangelos finalist

2018

1st award, Regional Art Salon

2018

Best photographer of the year

2014

Best student of the Painting Department

2012

Best student of University of East Sarajevo

2012

Exhibitions

Exhibition of empty pockets

Serbia, 2020

The act of disappearance

Croatia, 2020

Art Maiden

Greece, 2020

Inspired by Persephone

Spain, 2019

GRISIA

Croatia, 2019

nodoCCS

Spain, 2019

Janela

Argentina, 2019

Almost resistance

Serbia, 2018

DIFFERENT WORLDS

Slovakia, 2017

Borderland esc

Serbia, 2017

The good wife

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2017

DIFFERENT WORLDS

Hungary, 2017

OFF THE WALL

United States of America, 2016

DIGITALBIGSCREEN

Slovenia, 2016

DIFFERENT WORLDS

Austria, 2016

The artist is dead

Serbia, 2016

RETHink

Greece, 2016

Methodologies, deconstruction of identity

Serbia, 2016

sTERORtipi

Serbia, 2015

Mulafoco

Uruguay, 2014

stART

Serbia, 2014

Errors Allowed

Serbia, 2013

Japan

Serbia, 2011

Body language

Serbia, 2008