Dušan Otašević

DUŠAN OTAŠEVIĆ (1940) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1966 under the tutelage of Ljubica Sokić. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SANU).

Initially, he was close to the Neo-figurative movement, but soon turned to pop art and sculptural objects from everyday life, as seen through a prism of irony, false sentimentality, a critical view of the domination of the kitschy and tacky, political manipulations and consumer fever. He is one of the first to begin using quotes from mythology, history and art history, philosophy, film and literature, thus creating an authentic expression that is characterized by a variety of materials, reduced form and multilayered, rich and branched semantics.

He has exhibited in around 40 solo exhibition and numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and he also worked in theater scenography. In 1972 he represented Yugoslavia at the Venice Biennale. He has won a large number of significant awards, and his work can be found in many public and private collections around the world.