From 6th of March – 1st of June, 2020.
Gallery of Cultural Center, Nova Pazova, Serbia
This year marks the centenary of the birth of the author’s father. On that occasion the author organized an exhibition dedicated to his parents, father Obren and mother Ljubica. The exhibition was held in his hometown, Nova Pazova in Srem. Elegiac tone predominates in the paintings depicting the characters of his parents. Artworks are of various formats from small up to medium and large. Used technique is oil on canvas and oil pastel on paper.
“I have been following Sretko’s work since his childhood and I can confirm that he is his own and only his own.
The person who coined the term ‘divljanism’ (‘savagery’, from ‘Divljan’, which evokes the adjective ‘savage’) united all of Sretko’s work in one word. Recognizable, stylishly balanced, no matter what art he is engaged in, he is fully committed. I am amazed by his inexhaustible energy and imagination and persistence during creation.
All alone, he paved the way trough artistic life without falling.
In the focus of his interest is a man, whose portraits of various characters he made with easiness of safe gestures and left to us observe and think. There is something symbolic in his surname that recalls on unrestraint and eruptivity (Divljan – wild), but which he directs in a positive way.
It has symbolism in his name also (Sretko – happy), because only a satisfied man can be comprehensively achieved, both as an educator and as an artist, which Sretko Divljan certainly is.”
Ljiljana Celikovic, Art Educator