Confronting History: The Landscapes of Nenad Zaric

Artist’s Proof is proud to announce the unveiling of “Confronting History: The Landscapes of Nenad Zaric,” which features a compilation of works from the twenty-nine year old Serbian artist, Nenad Zaric, starting Thursday, October 1st to Sunday October 25th.

Zaric’s stormy dark landscapes are a personal, broody rumination on the Balkan’s tortured past. Born in 1986 in Valjevo, Serbia, Zaric became aware of himself politically in the aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia. The breakup of Yugoslavia occurred as a result of a series of political and economic upheavals and conflicts during the early 1990s. After a period of political crisis in 1980s, constituent republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia split apart, but the unsolved issues caused bitter inter- ethnic Yugoslav wars.

Often broken fence posts are a leitmotif in Zaric’s work, representing Transgressed boundaries and lost points of contact and connection. He 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.

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.  As an ardent pacifist, Zaric mourns 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.

Before starting his career, 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.