About

    • BIOGRAPHY
    •    Vojkan Morar
    • He was born in Pancevo in 1966 He began doing painting in 1986. He resides in Pancevo, Serbia. With meticulous technique he conjures up the parallel world of angels and the world beyond. Using the vision of phantasy he persistently and psychedelically multiplies figures, immersing them in tint. They often jump from the surface of the canvass as if in an explosion, thus showing the artist’s need for an additional dimension; hence he frequently did sculptures in clay. The power of his forms is suggestive in both clay and canvas. The obsessive dance of thousands of angels, expressed plastically, meticulously and very intensively creates a unique atmosphere of phantasmagoria. With the tautology of figures, as a real outsider, the artist marks the harmony of his inner micro cosmos. Yellow is predominant in his canvases in which either the clusters of angels float or samples of monumental and fantastic architecture emerge. Permanent search for new sources of the same motif points to the artist’s persistency and obsession with exploration of own visions as basic models of his intention. His aspiration towards the depths of the world beyond is an everlasting secret for him. It is something that artistically intrigues him. Since 1988 he has exhibited in independent and group shows in the country and abroad and in international exhibitions worldwide. His most prominent participations were in Triennial and Biennial events in Bratislava and Jagodina where he received Grand Prix for the Exhibited Works at the Fourteenth Biennial in 2009.
      Nina Krstic, From book Outsider art in Serbia 2014,  MNMU
    Vojkan Morar was born in Pancevo, Serbia in 1966, to the family where art had already become a part of everyday life. His mother; Desanka Petrov Morar had been a well-known naive artist of defined and recognizable artistic expression, as well as his father Sava, who had also been doing art a little. Since his earliest days, they have transferred affinity and lust for artistic expression. Although his talent was noticed and awarded as early as in primary school and in spite of predictions that he would follow in his mother’s footsteps in naive art in Vojvodina, Vojkan developed certain revolt and antagonism towards an. Hence, even pressed strongly to enroll at Academy of Art, having graduated from secondary school, he enrolled Faculty of Agriculture and then went to do his military service. Resistance against strict regulations of living at military quarters was a characteristic of his artistic nature. This antagonism towards everything that tended to impose rules and established regulations were to arouse Vojkan’s strong instinctive calling for artistic expression. In1986, after his return to Pancevo, he passionately devoted himself to painting, upholding his decision to stay out of academic education as unnecessary, Vital justification of this decision would later be confirmed by his artistic oeuvre of authentic and powerful pictorial expression, rooted in unlimited and instinctive creative process, Morar moved from Pancevo to nearby idyllic countryside of the village of Jabuka in Banat in 2008, where he still resides.
    Abundant oeuvre now includes 500 works, mostly paintings, but also sculptures and digital works, followed by a significant number of independent and group shows in the country and abroad. He had his first group show in 1988, and independent in 1990.He participated in numerous international events such as Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art, MNMA, Jagodina (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011); Biennial of Miniatures, Gornji Milanovac, October Salon, Pancevo; World Triennial of Naive and Outsider Art INSITA, Bratislava (2007, 2010); Art Colony of Naive and Marginal Art, MNMA, Jagodina (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) as well as in many other colonies (Pancevo, Despotovac, Deliblatski Pesak, Sakule, Budva, Zlatibor) Since 2003, when he first participated in the Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art, Morar’s paintings have become unavoidable part of permanent exhibition at MNMA, as well as all representative exhibitions of naive and marginal art in the country and abroad. On the Fourteenth Biennial of Naive and Marginal Art in 2009, he was awarded Grand Prix for the exhibited works in the domain of painting.
    The works of Vojkan Morar are present in a great number of museums, galleries and private collections abroad. Eight paintings done from 2000-2010 are in the collection of Museum of Naive and Marginal Art in Jagodina.
    Ivana Jovanović, curator – art historian

     


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