Art is an expression of human creativity and imagination. With art, people express their thoughts and feelings. This can be done in different ways: dancers express themselves in movement, poets and writers express themselves in writing, musicians express themselves in sound … Painters, sculptors, video artists, net artists, graphic artists and photographers are artists who express themselves with visual representations. They create paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, graphics … As a group, they are called visual artists.
Artists see and interpret the world in a way that is quite different from the way most other people do. Because of that they can show us other ways of thinking, and other ways of seeing the world. Artists question the established rules, both in life and in art, and they are constantly inventing new ways of making art (with new materials).
Here you can read about 4 very different but interesting artists:
began painting as a high-school student in his native Karlovac, after which he moved to Zagreb to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, where he remains living and painting today. But Vaništa wasn’t simply a painter, and even less an ordinary one. He created not only paintings, but illustrated newspapers and books, created stage design for the theatre, and used ordinary, everyday objects to create works of art. Nor did he paint only what we see around us – people, things or scenes from nature. He also knew how to represent, in painting, voids and silence. Not only did he express his thoughts and ideas about art and life through painting – he also wrote them, and often sent them as letters to his friends. A special group of friends were also artists who, for several years, from 1959 to 1966, comprised a group called Gorgona. Together they created an alternative world, where simple, everyday things – objects and rituals – became artistic activities. They exchanged letters, went for walks in nature, published self-created ads in the newspapers, conceived impossible projects and did many other curious things. Art constituted their world, their freedom, where play became a serious matter, and Josip Vaništa will open a part of that world up for you.
was one of the most unusual artists in Slovenia, who created his work outside all contemporary trends. He was an autodidact – that means he did not have the chance to get a formal art education in art schools. He worked in a hospital morgue to make a living. But still, out of all the difficult and unfortunate conditions, he managed to create unique works of art representing our short life. His paintings are dark and somewhat sad, but are still attractive in an unusual way. Looking at his paintings makes us start to think about death, therefore we start to better appreciate the life we have been given.
was one of the most influential women artists in Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. Though she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade, her research took on a more experimental approach, exploring the relations between various art disciplines (painting, literature, theater, film etc.) and using new media at the end of the 1960s and into the 1970s and onward (sound, tape-recording, super 8 film and video). Poznanović believed in collective artwork, and her art practice developed largely in collaborative efforts with other artists, art groups and her students. Her art production consists of various art objects, video, photography or textual documentation, all as parts of her various explorations.
Bogdanka Poznanović was the first professor of new media and video art in Yugoslavia. She educated generations of artists and introduced them to new, innovative practices and to different ways of thinking beyond art.
is the pseudonym for a Catalan graffiti artist and social activist born in Tremp (Catalonia, Spain) in 1973. Kay became interested in art at a very early age, spending time with his brother producing amateur cartoons. She moved to Barcelona to study computer programming at the technical school there. She became politically active with the 15 M movement. She lives between Barcelona and Ljubljana. Her work is usually related to and working with the human condition. She is very critical of greed, poverty, boredom, and alienation. The publication Graffiti Gun features all the most important graffiti done she has done all over the world.