Under the skin

September 10, 2017

With great pleasure I dedicate this week’s post to someone who is very dear to me, the young and extremely talented artist Nadja Petrovic, who has crowned her talent with a diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. A fact that speaks for itself about her academically recognized artistic heights. I have known her for a while now and I know her artistic journey very well, from the Small Montmartre of Bitola, through Saint Martins College, to the famous Florence.

The smell of oil paints and charcoal pencils in her childhood bedroom still awake memories from our times spent together as friends. Now she has returned home, with one purpose…to present what has she been working on during all those years and why that Florentine address was so significant for her artistic journey to home audience. In one modern gallery, in Skopje, she exhibited her work of large scale format of portraits and acts from the cycle ‘Under the skin’.

The motif of the human face or body, the portrait or the self-portrait and the act are the center of her artistic interest at this stage of her arts. The theme of acts and portraits is central throughout all phases of art history, through different style periods…that is why I was fascinated by Nadja’s decision for her first solo exhibition to be dedicated to the theme that is always intriguing and inspiring, new and different. Her paintings are with strong expressiveness and through which a wider sociological connotation of the characters that she has chosen as representation of her world can be read out, and through them contemporary society.

With her portraits and acts she showed the objectification, deconstruction and glorification of her models- social archetypes, but at the same time ordinary people from her immediate surroundings. The duality of this topic to show the model both bold and brittle at the same moment, Nadja Petrovic through deep sincerity, exceeds that duality, and to us as art lovers to remind us that in this artistic daintiness and stylized inventiveness are ordinary people of flesh and blood.

Dear Nadja, this is just the beginning of your artistic heights. Thank you for the artistic enjoyment you made for us in the gallery of NLB Bank Skopje. Also, a big thank you for the opportunity to wear this amazing design by another dear artistic friend of mine Jelena Stanarevic…and all the beautifully captured moments by Simone Kalica.

Денешниот блог пост со особена радост го посветувам на една моја драга личност, младата и исклучително талентирана уметница Надја Петровиќ која својот сликарски талент го има крунисано со диплома на Академијата за убави уметности во Фиренца. Факт кој сам зборува за нејзините академски признати уметнички височини. Ја познавам повеќе години и добро го знам патот на нејзиниот талент од Малиот битолски Монмартр, преку Сент Мартин колеџот, до сликарски славната Фиренца.

Мирисот на маслените бои и графитните креди во нејзината соба од детството сеуште будат сеќавања на нашите заеднички средби како пријателки. Деновиве си дојде дома, со една цел….пред домашната публика да покаже зошто толку посветено работеше изминатите години и зошто таа фирентинска адреса беше толку значајна за нејзиниот уметнички пат. Во еден модерен галериски простор, во Скопје таа изложи платна од голем формат на портрети и актови од циклусот “Под кожата”.

Мотивот на човечкиот лик или тело, портретот или автопортретот и актот се средиште на нејзиниот уметнички интерес во оваа нејзина ликовна фаза. Темата на актови и портрети е централна низ сите фази на историјата на уметност, низ различни стилски периоди…затоа и ме фасцинира одлуката на Надја првата самостојна изложба да ја посвети на темата која е секогаш интригантна и инспиративна, нова и поинаква.

Нејзините уметнички платна се со силна експресивност и преку кои се исчитува поширока социолошка конотација на ликовите кои таа ги избра како презенти на нејзиниот свет, а преку нив на современото општество. Таа сликајќи ги своите портрети и актови покажа објективација, деконструкција и величење на своите модели-општествени архетипови, а истовремено ординарни жители од нејзиното блиско опкружување. Дуалноста на оваа тема да го покаже моделот и храбар и кршлив во ист миг, кај Надја Петровиќ преку длабока искреност, ја надминува таа двојност, а нам како уживачи на уметноста да не потсети дека во таа уметничка ушушканост и стилизирана инвентивност се обични луѓе од крв и месо.

Драга Надја, ова е само почеток на твоите уметнички висини. Ти благодарам на уметничкото уживање кое го приреди во Галерискиот простор на НЛБ банката во Скопје. Посебна благодарност на можноста на овој настан на себе да носам модел со дизајнерска вредност на уште една моја креативна и успешна драга личност Јелена Станаревиќ NanDemoNai…а сите мигови генијално да ги забележи фото камерата на Симоне Калица.



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  • Ola September 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

    The portrait of the woman putting on nylons is incredibly detailed! You’re friend is an extremely talented artist.

    • Teona Mango September 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      She is indeed xx

  • Nina September 11, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Wow she really has a lot of talent. This show must have been super exciting for her. I also love the dress that she wore.

  • Amber Myers September 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    How interesting! I love all these pieces. It’s always fun to check out new art. Your friend has such talent, that’s for sure.

  • Jana Iankova September 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Wow! If this is just the beginning, I believe the sky is the limit for her. I think the solo exhibit was definitely the way to go!

  • Nellwyn September 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Congratulations to Nadja on getting her diploma! Studying art in Florence sounds like a dream!

  • chandres September 12, 2017 at 3:31 am

    Florence is a place which can surely bring the best out of a person .. So inspirational work

    • Teona Mango September 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Florence is the center of the world of art, thank you xx

  • jhilmil September 12, 2017 at 4:14 am

    She is so talented, loved all the art work you reflected here tons! I’m sure she’ll go places. Lovely

  • Amila September 12, 2017 at 9:09 am

    I like all these art pieces.She is a talented artists.I also like the photographs shared in this post.All these moments make it a beautiful post with a great artist.

    • Teona Mango September 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you very much!

  • Chelf September 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    What a lovely collection! She is as talented as beautiful! The smell of oil paints and charcoal pencils,this takes me back to art school! Very inspiring post!

    • Teona Mango September 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you very much, means a lot xx

  • Jenny September 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Your friend Nadja Petrovic indeed is a good artist. I really wish if I can attend such a beautiful modern gallery art exhibition. It would be a treat watching those pictures and sketches. Thanks for the amazing share:)

    • Teona Mango September 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      She is indeed a great artist, thank you for your comment!

  • Kiwi September 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    What a beautiful dedication post to your friend! Its so nice to see our friends thrive in their careers and passion and her works is absolutely amazing. Congrats to her!

    • Teona Mango September 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you xx

  • David Elliott September 13, 2017 at 7:17 am

    The art gallery must have been a pretty amazing journey. And you look pretty amazing as well. Great photos.

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