Serbian painter Vladimir Velickovic has died at the age of 84, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) President Vladimir Kostic said on Thursday.
Velickovic was one of the most prominent Serbian painters of recent times and was a member of the SANU and the Academie des Beaux-Arts in France where he spent most of his working life. He is known for painting seemingly violent scenes full of motion with the colours red, white and black dominating his works.
Velickovic was born in Belgrade in August 1935, graduating from the Belgrade University School of Architecture after being convinced by his father to enrol there instead of at the Art School. His first exhibition was at the age of 16 in Belgrade’s Cvijeta Zuzoric gallery. After graduation, he went to Zagreb where he worked at Croatian painter Krsto Hegedusic’s master workshop in 1962-63 and moved to Paris in 1966. He became a member of the SANU in 1985.
He was named Chef D’Attelier at the l’Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1983, a post he held for 18 years. Velickovic was elected a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in December 2005, becoming one of 12 members of the 1st Section Painting.
According to his official biography on the Academie des Beaux-Arts web site, Velickovic was a Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur and a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres. The SANU web site notes that he won a number of awards, including the Herder Prize.
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