- Biljana Vukovic
Biljana Vuković was born in Belgrade in 1949. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Printmaking in 1973. She completed her Postgraduate studies in 1975 class of Professor Miodrag Rogić.
She has been working at the Department of Printmaking, Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade since 1984. She is full professor and teaches Printmaking and Drawing. The president of the Organising commitee of the First International Printmaking Triennial in Belgrade in 2011. From 2007 till 2010 she was working as a chief of AKADEMIJA, FLU, Centre for Graphic Art and Visual Researches. She exhibits since 1974 and has had 45 one person exhibitions so far. She exhibits prints (etching, aquatints, lithography, in combination with chine colle, both black and white, and multi colored) and drawings. She took part in more than three hundred group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad.
Thematically, for a number of years the subject of my art has been the landscape around the Studenica Monastery.
For me, Studenica is an eternal source of inspiration, a source of deep, positive energy, a place where I feel reinvigorated, and to which I therefore return as to a sanctuary, what it really is indeed. As an inspiration, Studenica lives in me even when I am not there.
When I draw out of doors, the drawings have great immediacy and a strong connection to the landscape. They are actually portraits of the landscape. To draw a landscape is to “absorb” the landscape- I internalize it; whereas when I work in the studio, I am creating from the inside, with free interplay of visual elements, and the resulting images are therefore symbolic, abstract….but that is another level of creation and thinking.