Serbian, b. 1986
Nenad Zaric came aware of himself politically in the aftermath of the crucible that was the breakup of Yugoslavia. Zaric graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade with a specialty in painting. To date, he has participated in several group exhibitions and in 2014 held his first solo exhibition in Zvono Gallery in Belgrade. He held his first solo exhibition in the US represented by Artist’s Proof in 2015. Transcending the line between painting and sculpture, Zaric combines traditional oil-based pigments with elements of the earth
Black & White Series
Nenad Zaric fills his canvases with an inner philosophy that dredges the confrontational history of his people without sacrificing hope for a brighter future. He paints his canvases in pairs, always a dark landscape alongside a brighter composition. The stormy dark landscapes are broody ruminations on the Balkan’s tortured past. Broken fenceposts are a leitmotif in Nenad’s work, representing transgressed boundaries and lost points of contact and connection.
Zaric, as an ardent pacifist, bemoans the disintegration of community bonds that led to ethnic violence in his country during the 1990’s. However, even his darker canvases have moments of light that penetrate the darkness, representing Zaric’s indefatigable optimism. Nenad works on the ground, in Pollock’s style, using sand, earth and found objects to animate his acrylic forms with texture. The tactile, layered nature of his work gives the pieces added dimensions and depth.
Reflections of Time and Space Series
In his second series, Zaric has shifted to creating work that represents a deeper sense of reality beyond the recognizable image, revealing an emotional representation of his past. With Reflections on Time and Space, the canvases reflect the inner dialogue of the artist, questioning the human conditions of life, death, love, hate, war, and resistance. He seeks to understand his place in the world, not just as an artist but as a being, through breaking down his canvas – almost literally.