Vojislav Jakic


Born 1932 in Radobiljici – SERBIA.

The son of a Montenegrin Orthodox priest living in Macedonia, Vojislav Jakic was three years old when his family moved to Despotovac, a small village in Serbia. His sister died from diphtheria and his younger brother from scarlet fever. He did not fit in at school, probably because of his father’s profession, frowned upon by the communist authorities, but also because of his Montenegrin origins. Good at drawing, many villagers asked him to draw the portrait of their dead based on their passport photos. In 1952, Jakic left for Belgrade, where he learned to draw and sculpt. Back in Despotovac in 1957, he married in 1962 but the marriage did not last ; he returned to live with his mother. He started to paint again around 1969, then moved to large-format drawings created with ballpoint pen, pastel or gouache. These more or less abstract works, occasionally combined with graphic symbols and writing, evoke memories of his life, his obsessions with death, reflections on art and suffering.

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