Sretko Divljan

Born on January 1st, 1946 in Serbia

Sretko Divljan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1973. He received his master’s degree from the same faculty in 1975. Sretko has exhibited in about 100 collective exhibitions, of which his favorite is the Belgrade October Salon. He has realized over 50 solo exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has been a member of ULUS since 1974.

That Sretko will be the best among the best full professor Boško Karanović, MA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, had a hunch while writing the foreword to his exhibition of paintings, opened in the Wine Salon “NAVIP” in 1995:

“On this occasion, we should write a serious analysis, a serious text about images that suddenly disappear as logical wholes of strong abstraction, which seems to me to be an important or most important factor in the personal and the artistic.
Dropping, arbitrariness, and imagination find their logic in the whole picture. Almost the same and countless variants speak of mastered technique, production – countless thoughts that transform artistic relations into new worlds. A serious analysis would place Sretko Divljan among the leading painters of this time in Serbia.”

Sretko Divljan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1973. He received his master’s degree from the same faculty in 1975. Sretko has exhibited in about 100 collective exhibitions, of which his favorite is the Belgrade October Salon. He has realized over 50 solo exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has been a member of ULUS since 1974.

That Sretko will be the best among the best full professor Boško Karanović, MA, Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, had a hunch while writing the foreword to his exhibition of paintings, opened in the Wine Salon “NAVIP” in 1995:

“On this occasion, we should write a serious analysis, a serious text about images that suddenly disappear as logical wholes of strong abstraction, which seems to me to be an important or most important factor in the personal and the artistic.
Dropping, arbitrariness, and imagination find their logic in the whole picture. Almost the same and countless variants speak of mastered technique, production – countless thoughts that transform artistic relations into new worlds. A serious analysis would place Sretko Divljan among the leading painters of this time in Serbia.”

Sretko Divljan graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1973. He received his master’s degree from the same faculty in 1975. Sretko has exhibited in about 100 collective exhibitions, of which his favorite is the Belgrade October Salon. He has realized over 50 solo exhibitions in the country and abroad. He has been a member of ULUS since 1974.

SEVEN ARTS

Sretko Divljan is a true prototype of a Renaissance artist, and in the general public of Pomoravlje and Serbia, he is known as an outstanding painter, successful art pedagogue, writer of monographs and winner of numerous awards.
As a fifteen-year-old, he won the first prize at the competition of the most talented young painters of the former Yugoslavia in Čačak, and many times later confirmed that he is a painter of lavish potential and authentic vision – numerous solo exhibitions in the country and abroad, as well as numerous awards and recognitions. At the beginning of the last decade of the last century, his solo exhibition in Budapest was declared as the exhibition of the year through a poll. He received the award – “Student of the Year” – in 1973 at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade.

Sretko Divljan is passionate about many art forms. In 1976 he founded the Section of Modern Ballet in Belgrade. During many years of his professorship at the Svetozar Markovic High School in Jagodina, he founded the Section of Fashion Designers and Models. After professorship in high school he continued his career as a professor at the Faculty of Teacher Education in Jagodina, where he was also the long-term dean at the now called Faculty of Pedagogical Sciences.

He is a gifted theater director who has discovered numerous talents, and they have been acting in the most prominent Serbian theaters for years (even decades). He completed a course in directing in 1964 in Sarajevo at the Hasan Kikić Theater. As a director and manager of the theater, he left a significant mark in the theatrical life of Jagodina. He has directed about 80 plays.

Sretko Divljan founded the “War School Against Tears and Stress” during the NATO bombing. Children from the first to the eighth grade were taught to act, sing, read, paint, write songs, play folklore, sing in the choir, give lectures and protest against the NATO bombing of Serbia.

He successfully writes monographs, short stories, fairy tales, and fables. The first book of short stories by Sretko Divljan “Mehana kod paradoksa” deserved the flattering assessments of prominent writers and literary critics. He also wrote “History of art”.
He received the October Award of the City of Jagodina, as well as the “Svetozar Markovic” Art Award in Jagodina.
In 2010 he was a participant in the RTS Art Colony. In 2015 Radio Television of Serbia recorded a video about his life and work.
He received the Grand Prize of the October salon for the field of fine arts at ULUS in 2017 in Belgrade.

“How to become a man and remain a child at heart?”

Monographs

“Child and War”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2000.

“Encouraging and developing students’ artistic creativity”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2000.

“Visual creativity and art research”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2004.

“Methodology of teaching art culture and art types of students”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2004.

“History of Art for Teachers”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2005.

“Methodology of teaching art culture”
Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2006.

“Methodology of teaching art culture for preschool age”
Faculty of Education, Jagodina, 2007.

“Methodology of teaching art culture”
Independent University, Banja Luka, 2009.

“Art Secret”
University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Teacher Education, Jagodina, 2011.

“Child and visual arts”
NUBL, Banja Luka, 2011.

“History of Art”
Independent University of Banja Luka, Banja Luka, 2012.

“The sun flies and the tree laughs”
NUBL, Banja Luka, 2014.

“Art and emotional intelligence”
NUBL, Banja Luka, 2020.

Fairytales   |  Fables   |   Novels

„Fables“
Public library „Radisav Nikčević“, Jagodina, 2012.

Novel, “Mehana kod paradoksa”, (pages 1-243)
Public library “Radislav Nikčević”, Jagodina, 2008.

“Fairytales” (pp. 1-203)
Public library “Radislav Nikčević”, Jagodina 2009.