World

Slobodan

Slobodan Marceta was born in 1959 in a small town called Drvar in former Yugoslavia. During his early childhood, he lived in an isolated area encompassed by a forest, where he initially discovered his interest in art, Inspired by communist comic books. Education and artistic understanding were limited due to poverty and lack of resources.

In 1977 he moved to Banja Luka to pursue a mechanical engineering degree, where he garnered his first interest in art by visiting local exhibitions. After his graduation, he moved to the Adriatic Coast, where he met several established artists learning about the philosophy of art. Civil war broke out in Yugoslavia, forcing Slobodan to flee to Oxford, England as a refugee. Due to his poor English and cultural differences, he needed help integrating with the people around him. Art became a comforting escape, and he soon joined local art classes to express himself through an the artistic vision that brought attention to him from artists alike.

In 1996 Slobodans and a group of local artists had an art exhibition in Oxford’s central library. Many of Slobodan’s paintings depict the human condition amidst the devastation of war and hardships experienced during the Yugoslav civil war, contrasted against the peaceful tranquillity of the rural Bosnian landscape. Growing up in such conditions shaped his perception of the world, allowing him to express the context that shaped his life through paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

His art reflects ordinary people finding serenity in the chaos of war. Slobodan’s art comes from his life experiences which trigger subconscious inspiration. His spiritual faith focuses on the cross as a symbol of modern life and one’s soul. His art is to be seen as a flash of light on canvas while showing conflicts in the beauty of nature from the world around him and his subconscious.