Dragan Markovic Markus

Dragan Markovic Markus

Location: Serbia


Born in Šabac, Serbia. Graduated at Academy of Art and master’s degree in painting in Novi Sad (mentor prof Milan Blanuša). PhD graduated from painting at „John Naisbitt“ university in Belgrade ( mentor prof. Milos Šobajic). Exhibited independently and on a lot of republic and international exhibitions. The most important independently exhibitions: MA exhibition, Novi Sad 2000; exhibition of paintings, Belgrade, 2002; exhibition by invitation for the Night of the Museum, Šabac, 2009; PhD exhibition of drawings and paintings, Belgrade 2012. More Important group exhibitions: Biennale in Florence 2017, introducing artist’s oeuvre 10 minutes video on the 50th Belgrade October salon; exhibition by selector invitation, modern drawing in Serbia 2003; October salons in Šabac, spring and fall salons in Belgrade; international exhibitions of small format, etc. Longer studying period in France and Italy.
Member of ULUS (Association of Fine Artists of Serbia), vice-president of Art Council of ULUS, 2011-2013. A member and president of judges on a few republic exhibitions. The most important awards: Art Academy, N.Sad, 1981; October salon, Šabac, 1997; for portrait, Cultural centre Šabac, 1997; for painting, Cultural centre Loznica, 2000; Annual ULSS award, the National museum, Šabac, 2018; Award for drawing, The Cultural center, Šabac, 2018; the international awards in Mantova 2017 and Venezia 2018.
Gave an interview for many TV shows about his art. Present in man y private collections and several institutions ( in the country and abroad).
Lives in Šabac, Serbia. Works as a professor at the School of Applied Arts.
Contact: markusdr.art@ gmail.com
tel. +38165 8435 287


Cycle Scream

The scream as a theme is the product of my inner unrest, a manifestation of a kind of human denudation, denudation to the color of the flesh. Denudation is metaphorical, not natural - descriptive. Although, the red color, whether we wanted it or not, indicates blood, live flesh. If the most dominant experience of the scream as a reaction to fear, the hopelessness of a situation or state, then it indeed is human uncovering to the core. It is a dead end, we are powerless, scared, we do not know where and how - we are looking for help. Whether or not we are aware of it, every scream is a call for help. It is this primordial nature of man as a socialized being, where we are turned towards one another, and that is the only way we can survive.

Painting, although created within one direction or artistic influence, is of deep personal nature; search for the meaning of life occurs only within the boundaries of individual self-confirmation. My attention has been diverted to the painting's essence, viewed through specific prism of personal sensibility, in search for a painting serving as a personal reflection. Emotion, a full constitutional element of a painting, is a possible dominance in proved existence of traditional painting in the totalitarian era of digital media and the marginalization of humans and their individuality. No matter how my paintings are my subjective opinion and personal poetry, I reserve enough space for a spectator and his personal combinatorics, provoked by my visual expression.