Marija Balan was born in 1923 in Uzdin. Professional housewife. Paints since 1961. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in the former Yugoslavia and abroad. One of the most interesting painters peasant painting scenes of everyday life and folk customs. In the composition of the group that runs from one end of the canvas, „Dance“, one gets the impression that the painter is not enough space to explain the tradition of Sunday afternoon when couples danced the dances in front of a group of viewers ….
Vladimir Gallas was born in Belgrade 12.02.1984. Painting has started since 2002 year. He was first exhibited 2004th at the group exhibition in Backi Petrovac. His first solo exhibition was in Bratislava 2009. .He is a member organization of artists „Thirst“ from the Padina. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Serbia, Slovakia, Germany.Visual world is a fulfillment animals and horses. From the figures, one can feel the love of country life and all that surrounds it
Marci Markov is a painter of Naïve art. He is a member of famuous „Kovacica trio“, together with Pavel Cicka and Pavel Hajko.
Member of the Kovacica Naïve Art Gallery
Markov was born June 30th 1954 in Pancevo, Serbia. He live and work in Padina. His love for painting emerged even in primary school. At first he was drawing with lead pencils. After primal and secondary school, already well-known naïve painters from Kovacica told him where he can buy oil coders. Markov wanted to try Paining with those colors, too, just like true masters. In 1977, made his first painting by using this technique. By 1981. He made five paintings and this is the year when he presented his work for the first time, on a collective exhibition of painters from Padina. The reviews were positive which was motivation to Continue working as an artist. In 1986, he became a member of the Gallery of naive art Kovacica. So far Markov had over 300 collective exhibitions all over the world (Tel Aviv, Singapore, Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa, Washington, etc.), and also 21 individual exhibitions (Padina. Alibunar, Novi Sad, Kikinda, Belgrade, Melbourne, Bratislava, Zilina…). „My inexhaustible source of Inspiration is the life in a village and events from my childhood“.
Jan Knazovic one of the most important representatives Kovacica naive painting. He was a most original painter from Kovacica .Jan Knazovic reworded so when painting with artistic intention of imitating styles that created their completely unique authentic art world. It is also not shy to use color on their internal, emotional value and not the mimetic principles so as painted animals, leaves on the trees, and the trees themselves could be blue or pink. Jan Knazovic night was a painter, and although he painted scenes depicting life during the day. Under the guise of „ultramarine night“ cheerful village life ran its bizarre visual world.
Paintings of Jan Knazovic operate completely flat. The two-dimensional space dark image hosted Jan Knazovic linear village houses with trees, flowers, animals and people, and he showed a tendency to compositional complications same or similar themes. His strong sense of symmetry manifested to composing the image plane to provide them with a unique kind of orderliness and oneiric tone.Jan Knazovic painted with heart and even signed his paintings with red hearts and the letter K, and in this tradition continued after his daughter, who was signed by the two hearts and the initials A. K. a granddaughter who is already signed three hearts and the initials N. K. M..
1948th he began to think more seriously about painting and three years later became the fifth member of the art section Cultural and Educational Society „Pokrok“. At the first joint exhibition, presented the two images: „Harvest of Banat“ and „Field in the late fall.“
The first painting experience is gained by copying reprodukcije.Tokom sixties artistic expression becomes his original compositions and is largely narrative with folk motifs. Excess release details of the composition and the central motifs are exaggerated to the basic idea was obvious. Ear of corn, bread, pumpkin – symbols of fertility, becoming huge dimensions.
As a child, hiding under the table, stared foot was swollen and calloused hands of her father’s guests. Because his characters as if they came out of the grotesque: a small head and large hands and feet.
Man, earth, sky and corn are the main elements of the composition Jonas.
On Jonas pictures dominate orange crop. He spoke to him the color of wealth soothes, refreshes and brave, that reminds him of a field, the smell of bread and fruit.
Jonas has a few portraits and landscapes. One of the rare spots „My Kovačica“ symbolic panorama dominated by the church and the houses are placed round.
Martin Jonas is known for Brilliant drawing. In Italy, in 1978. At an international exhibition of drawings won the gold medal together with Salvador Dali. Earlier in 1973, he was the first foreign awards in Italy; Kaltanisetea diploma and medal from Latisana and 1976th The five of his prints, printed in gold, was placed on exhibition in Capri, the island of the same name.
He was engaged in watercolor, pastels and is best known for oil paintings, prints and drawings.
Jan Bacur is naive painter of Slovak origin. He was born October 22, 1937 in Padina (village close to Kovacica, Serbia), a city founded in 1806 by Slovaks from the region of Novohrad.
Member of the Kovacica Naïve Art Gallery
His parents were farmers, like all the Slovaks who came to the region to work the land and brought spiritual wealth of their country of origin. Jan Bacuri has inherited his talent from his mother that decorated the walls of the houses in Padina. In his childhood he was fascinated by painting and developed his talent in the secondary school Kovacica. There, as a schoolboy he saw the works of naive artists known, and this gave him more strength and determination to continue in that direction. Thanks to his talent, highlighted by participation in a collective Padina, at the age of 13 years. In October Kovacica exhibited for the first time in 1962, as a guest. In 1985 he became a full member of the Art Gallery of Naïve Kovacica. Since then he has behind him 28 individual exhibitions in his country and abroad, and was also a participation in many colonies of artists. „I paint slowly and quietly. I do my best to make known to the younger generations how people lived and worked in the past.“ The subject of his work is connected with the roads and fields of his native hills. The accuracy of the rural architecture of his native country is remarkable. His paintings reflect the conserved and ancient traditions, the beauty and spirit of old times. The spirit of citizenship is still clearly indicated on the Slovak national costume of the people portrayed.
Collective exhibitions in foreign countries:
Slovakia (Nitra, Bratislava, Trencin, Puchov, Modry Kamen, Martin, Zilina, Terchova, Banska Bysrica…), Czech Republic (Prague, Karvina), France (Paris), Australia (Melbourne), Spain (Sevilla, Madrid), USA (Washington), Bulgaria (Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna), Germany (Munchen, Gomaringen, Stuttgart, Ulm), Austria (Vienna, Saltzburg), England (London), Mexico( Mexico City)…
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The book has been translated into three languages (Serbian, Slovak, English). Book is a collection of critical and journalistic texts, illustrations and photo documents.
Jan Glozik is naive painter of Slovak origin. He was born in 1957 in small town of Kovacica (Serbia).
Member of the Kovacica Naïve Art Gallery
While attending school he often visited the exhibitions of Kovacica’s famous naive art painters, such as Martin Jonas, Martin Paluska, Zuzana Chalupova and others. After viewing those beautiful paintings, he wanted and tried to make painting of his own. He couldn’t manage it by him self, because he did not know the technique of preparing the canvas, oil colors, etc. After few years of trying to find his own artistic impression, he went to Zuzana Chalupova for help. She helped him gladly, and showed him the technique of preparing oil colors and canvas.
At the beginning of 1975, he made his first painting named “Going out to field”. In the middle of 1980’s he had his first exhibition. First collective exhibition was in Kovacica in 1989. He was admitted to Kovacica naive art council in 1989.
The themes on his works are often peasants, their work in field or yard, customs related to holydays from life of Slovaks who came in these parts of country two hundred years ago in search of better life. He had over 50 solo and collective exhibitions in country and foreign by now. He lives with his family in Kovacica.
Martin Pap His art is rooted in the Banat plain and village life, but does not allow the time limit. His paintings are characterized by a mysterious dry wood, richly branched branches. Thing grows out of large pumpkins symbolizing fertility and prosperity. Their creative works inspired traditional symbolism and mythology, especially Christianity, Greek and Aztec. In Aztec mythology must be sought the origin of his four colored corn cobs which are the essence of our cosmos. On the other hand, these elements of our plains. In his recent paintings are faced with images of world famous personalities such as Mick Jagger, Frida Kahlo, the Mona Lisa …
Juraj Lavros was born on June 27th, 1963. He is living and creating in Padina, Serbia. For the last 30 years, he has been active occupied with painting, and his creations have already been exibited throughout the world.
His single exhibitions:
* 1994 – Kovacica
* 1995 – Kopaonik
* 1995 – Cyprus
* 2009 – Bratislava (Slovakia)
His group exhibitions:
* Serbia: Padina, Kovacica, Pancevo, Beograd, Kopaonik, Petrovec, Budva, Igalo, Nis
* Slovakia: Bratislava, Trencin, Detva, Nitra, Trencianske Teplice
* Germany: Bon, Berlin, Reutlingen, Munich
* Kanada: Montreal
* Meksiko: Mexico city
The innate skill and talent for painting were already present, what was missing were the courage and desire for creativity. By uniting these two components with his natural gift, he is starting to create his art expressions which are very quickly accepted by the art lovers throughout the world.
His paintings are simply winning over the public with surveying the image of the plain landscape, their colouring and the artist’s sense for composing the colours.
Like the other painters, he is also presenting the plain with bare trees, an amazing vegetation and only some cottages with a well, the symbol of Padina’s townsmen. Such magic, but real world is united with a refined colouring. The pastel, mild tonality, the well thought-out choice of colours which are drowning one into another like the rainbow’s spectrum, the virtuoso nuances, are sealing Juraj’s art expression, the recognizable formula of his own art language and proving his talent.
Azzure applies, hardly covering the canvas, are complementing such composition and making it special and unique. The well and mischievous gander are presenting the symbol of his creativity – the symbol of the purity of his soul.
The paintings of Juraj Lavros are ruled by an exceptionally harmony. His paintings are presenting magic, built on innate talent, amazing virtual landscapes and virtuoso colourings.