Biography

Braca Đurković

BRACA DJURKOVIC

A painter who was born in 1953.

He completed studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1982.

He has exhibited independently and in group exhibitions. Braca’s paintings can be found in many private collections and many influential companies here and abroad. They can also be found in a number of important domestic and foreign institutions such as the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneve, Mayor Valestin’s office in Greece, hospital John Hopkins in Baltimore, embassy of Italy in Belgrade, in Brisbane – Australia. ‘No 10’ group exhibition in Belgrade stands out  as an exhibition of  contemporary Serbian artists who marked the second half of the XX century and first half of XXI century.  The exhibition was held in Porsche Audi saloon in May 2008.

"I wish I could create free and without any considerations and preconditions. To me, that would mean creating art not for life but for art itself."

"Expressive, fast painting of the moment. The author is a virtuoso in handling his brushes, in an easy, yet energetic layering of colours in a desired direction. Braca’s paintings ooze with strong energy, articulating a figure above all, the figure that is modest and given only in slight indications of the colour’s accent."

Ivona Rajacic Barandovski, art historian

"He is predisposed to be a painter. To be a master in men’s creations seems to be a gift from God.  This is destiny for our painter Braca Djurkovic. I noticed his approach to the act of painting and watched how his painting release him from  his own restless and agitated state of mind imposed by  trivial and drab everyday life, the life without poetry and of unimaginative reality. That is why he abandons this world without hesitation. The act of painting becomes his salvation refuge of artistic existence, the way to become closer to his very self, but also to his free and unrestrained game through which he reaches his magnetic painting. Like many well-known artists around the world and the country, he does not need a preparation for the act of creation since this process is an answer to subconscious, natural and spontaneous vibrations. Everything that matters in creating a painting happens at great speed almost at the moment. This is a characteristic of a virtuoso! Easiness of having control over painting and speed of forming it would surprise even the most confident artists. With all his artistic abilities - from meticulous drawings to colour variations- the artist transforms the world of painting into an experience and the experience into the visual harmony. When I say harmony I do not mean that visual order that gives finality to the art or any expected order in a direct relation to the past tastes. Not at all and never that!  Moreover, his canvases have invigorating and mysterious disorder that can be defined as a creative openness, the openness that is true to the process of painting, its enchanting creation and secrecy. The impression is that his imagined creatures have been created somewhere between dream and reality.  Both his maneuvers   and rhythms are under the veil of refined light. That kind of openness, as a form of an open act, is a feature of Djurkovic’s aesthetics and poetry. When sublime unconsciousness and forceful energy in his plastic forms remain unrevealed, interpretation can be a failure. There are no reliable revelations. What do I notice in his painting, what is its distinctive feature? It is as if there were two art formations, two paintings. They are different, yet close and harmonious in essence. They are not a hindrance to each other but an incentive.  One presents a background created during abstract performance. Sometimes it is in the foreground formed as a primary and dominant in artistic sense, most often in the form of a figure. The artist’s ability to make reality exceptional by keeping its basic contours becomes visible here. Motifs in his paintings are different, yet in accordance with each other, which is an indivdualised artistic distinction. Whether or not it is a question of portraits, shapes taken from reality, creatures form nature, a common feature can be noticed – dynamics of rapid brush maneuvers and calm, bright colours palettes.  Horses are perhaps the most incentive motif for him. They represent unbridled energy, a precondition for a dynamic formation of the painting. The author does not want to connect dramatic speed of today’s times to the miracles of technology but to the protagonists of speed as a gift of nature. Horses are more than that; they are lovely creatures and live metaphor of existence and life activism. Vita activa becomes vita creativa in the painter’s imagination. Spontaneity and dramaticism triumph in creation of his paintings. This is where easiness of creation stems from and comes to expressive overwhelming energy. Yet his artistic form is an open structure. It is a part of deconstruction of the very painting that is very close to postmodern aesthetics. This is when the strength of individual artistic expression pulsates in his artistic distinctiveness. When introduced to Djurkovic’s creations a lively and forceful energy of the painting becomes embedded into your memory."

Professor Ratko Bozovic