Zorica Purlija migrated age 8 from Montenegro, to Australia in1972, and is currently based in Sydney.
Graduating with Distinction in 1989 with an Associate Diploma in graphic design and photography at The University of Western Sydney, Zorica spent some years travelling through Europe, experiencing life and art. For the last twenty years she has been practicing as a fine art photographer while raising her family and in July 2020 she completed her Masters of Art in photo media, at the UNSW School of Art and Design.
Her current practice has been focused around attachments, the psychology and space around our primary relationships and how it impacts our future self. Her art is informed by feminist values and hopes to tap into our universal longings for equality.
She continues to exhibit widely, and her public profile continues to build, including internationally, exhibiting in Manhattan, Zurich, and Venice. This year she has been a finalist in the Head-on Photography Award, The Wyndham art Prize, the Ravenswood Women’s Art Award, and the Gosford Art Prize.
Nillumbik Shire Council has commissioned 40 local and national artists to create new artworks in a variety of mediums that respond to the theme ‘Art in the Time of COVID-19’. Zorica was chosen as one of the artists commissioned, artworks will be on exhibition at Montsalvat in February 2021.
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