Safet Zec - Biography

Exhibitions of the artist:

Safet Zec was born in Rogatica, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1943.
At the age of twelve, he dedicated himself to the art of painting
and drawing already showing great talent.

After completing Art HighSchool in Sarajevo,

he continued his studies in Belgrade where he
graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1969. In 1972 he obtained
his postgraduate diploma. He went on to become an exponent of the recent
art style known as “Poetic Realism”. At the beginning of the 90’s he was
considered one of the most important artists of his country, representing
former Yugoslavia in many international exhibitions. Until 1989 he lived
and worked in Belgrade. After this he spent a few years in Sarajevo.
When the war began in 1992 he left Bosnia.

At this point Safet Zec moved to Udine, Italy. All of his former works
were left in his studio in Sarajevo. In Italy Zec was faced with rebuilding
his identity. He started to work on new paintings, drawings and engravings.
In 1994 he showed these works in his first museum exhibition together with
a few older works from a German gallery. In 1996 he won the “Alpe Adria” Award
for drawing in Ljubljana. The “Safet Zec” monograph was promoted in Ljubljana
in 1998, during the exhibition entitled “Paintings, drawings and Engravings
1992-1998”. The artist currently exhibits in Italy, France and other countries
throughout the world. Today he lives and works in Venice.

Safet Zec’s Italian works, spanning over a nine year period, were presented
for the first time to the public of Sarajevo in the City Gallery Collegium
Artisticum. In this exhibition works previously left in Sarajevo were exhibited
as well as paintings from the artist’s youth, exhibited for the first time.
The collection “Opere 1958-2001” was thus elaborated, exclusively made up of
the artist’s work, making its way through galleries all over Europe: in October
and November 2001 the exhibition was shown in Lille (France). Recent works of
the artist were presented in Paris 2004, Venice and Sarajevo. Most of these
artworks were produced in Venice and during the ever more frequent stays in his
home town Sarajevo. At the same time the Zec studio-collection was inaugurated,
today open to the public.

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