“Tell me yours and I will tell you mine,” and that is exatcly what happened! The SACI MFA in Studio Art class was recently visited by artist Aleksandar Duravcevic. He gave a presentation where he talked about his work and discussed art with the students, along with visiting their studios and commenting on their work in progress. SACI students were honored to welcome the artist, who will be representing his home country of Montenegro at this year’s Venice Biennale, the 56th International Art Exhibition taking place May 9 – November 22, 2015.
Aleksandar Duravcevic was born in Montenegro. He attended the Unverstiy of Montenegro (1990-1992) and the Accademia di Bella Arte, Florence (1993-1994), and received his MFA from Pratt Institue, Brooklyn. He is currently a visiting professor at the Hunter College MFA Program. His works are in numerous private and public collections including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. Duravcevic lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
The subtle subject matter and images of Duravcevic’s works are rooted in his personal experiences of living through the changing political landscape of his native Montenegro. Growing up with a lineage of conflicting cultures and religions in what was then Yugoslavia, and having to experience war and emigration to America later on, the artist is interested in presenting duality in his work; a process of his own search for identity. Duravcevic uses his deep wealth of knowledge of all aspects of history and his astute observation of daily life for the metaphors that become the subject of his work.