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1978-1990


    I was born March 1, 1978 in Bosanski Novi (Novi Grad), Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to my father's passion for fishing and outdoors I was named after the fish Pesh (Latin Cottus gobio). I lived in Dvor na Uni (Croatia) - a town located on the border between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina - where I attended elementary school. It was in school that I was first exposed to the world of art, and with active participation in the Art Department, passion was born. Growing up in a multi-national surround I lived the typical childhood of any child in Former Yugoslavia. 

    Growing up with my father Rudolf, an accomplished Master of Photography, was intriguing. Living in a household filled with photography equipment, artistic photographs, TV's that my father studied and repaired fascinated me. I saw a different world looking through camera lenses, it ignited my passion to visually express myself.  Besides all the technical equipment, in the field of visual art I was surrounded by a sea of History books belonging to my mother Zora, a History Teacher. Though growing up, my older sister Apollo paid the most attention to me and she continues to be my biggest supporter in life.
                   
    I grew up in big household with a full-of-wisdom, hundred-and-something-year-old great-grandmother Marija, a loving and caring grandmother Nena, and my uncle Marko. It was Marko that taught me the importance of discipline and precision in work. Though it was a visit to Antun Matej's, a friend of my father's, art studio in Zagreb that played an instrumental role in my further development and interest in visual arts. It was the first time that I saw so many brushes–all shapes and sizes–, paints, primers, oils, different drawing papers, canvases…I was fascinated. It was also the first and only time I saw an unusual press that reproduced prints on paper from painted copper plates. I was twelve-years-old, but still remember every little detail of that visit and studio; it was the magic place, full of color and unknown objects and so different from my daily "technical/literal" surrounding. 

               
1991-1999
   

    In the time I was supposed to make my decision in further schooling, working towards future interests and a career, war broke up in Former Yugoslavia, wiping out all my dreams and desires. Movement, freedom of speech, and even thought process was restricted. Scenes from  any American action or war movie became my everyday reality. From that environment only a destructive imagination could flourish, so I chose an escape from the brutality. With the generosity from a small group of friends and High School teachers, who supplied me with paints and paper, I continued to draw and paint at home during the war. Unfortunately I was not able to hold on to any of that work due to the destruction of school as well as my family home where they were kept. My work vanished with the rest of family heirlooms and other mementos of my childhood. 

    In the summer of 1995 war and ground fighting reached its peak in my hometown. Traveling through Bosnia and Herzegovina, I managed to relocate to Belgrade, Serbia. My mother's family (The Prusacs) provided me with accommodations and with their help I graduated from First Belgrade Gymnasium (one of the most prominent secondary schools in Belgrade,) with a graduate in History of Art for Romanism. During that time my only contact with art was a stay at Nikola Radosevic's studio, who was an eccentric friend of my father's,  where I had an opportunity to develop a few Chinese Bronze photographs. After graduating from High School, my parents and I kept moving frequently in search of somewhere to live.  Due to our financial hardship, at the age of 18 I was employed as a heavy laborer so I could contribute and support my family. During the time I socialized with my old friends from Dvor na Uni and Bosanski Novi and even made incredible new friendships, one of which is my girlfriend Danijela - my friend and companion and advisor on literary portions of my art work. In the summer of 1999 right in front of my eyes another war starts; NATO's Merciful Angel action. For three months NATO used cruise missiles to bombard strategic targets in Serbia and Montenegro, including the neighborhood where I lived. I felt that same fear that I had in Dvor na Uni…and again, restricted movement, freedom of speech and thought process. I went to the first store I saw and bought paint, paper, and brushes and started painting. To this day I still look at though paintings quite often. 
   

2000 – 2007 

    
    For the first time after six years I saw my sister again…she came to visit us from Canada. Knowing my interest in art, she brought me canvas, oil paints, brushes, and book on World Art, detailing works and reproductions of the most accomplished masters of art. From that time on, Apollo became my moral supporter and biggest financial contributor. She is responsible for the translation of all my written material relating to my artwork to the English language.  After a few paintings done in oil on a canvas I realized my future calling and rediscovered my passion; I want to live and breathe Art.

    I decided to enroll in the Art Academy and work hard, six days a week, in order to raise funds to pay for my education. Besides work obligations, during that time I managed to fulfill another childhood dream, graduating from Welding School as an All Positions Certified Welder, Fitter and Fabricator. Growing up I always admired my uncle Marko's precision in welding different metal parts while working on his transport truck. Finally, I saved enough money and managed to enroll in Art Academy, College for Visual and Applied Art, Interior Design. In 2006 I finally graduated. I enjoyed that experience immensely, the knowledge I gained, the different techniques and exercises I learned helped me realize my full potential, the ability and desire to create. Most of the work represented on this site was created during that time. I experimented with different mediums, using different techniques and material: using acrylic paints on wood and paper, drawing with charcoal and chalk, sculpturing with white cement and stones, xylography, assemblage and collage. Discovering different forms of expression I stumbled across a form called Installations. In 2005 I was an independent exhibitor in Happy Gallery, SKC, Belgrade, Installation on tri-dimensional map of energy.

    Reading and studying literature on history and theory of art, ancient Greek and modern art left the biggest impression on me. Attending art exhibitions on works of 20th century artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, The National Museum of Art of Romania, and Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest cultivated my love for 20th century art and became the inspiration and influence of my work.

    In January of 2007 I accept an Interior Decorator position with International Distributing Company in Belgrade, which allows me to work with digital print, graphic and interior design.

   Continuing learning and personal development, I have successfully completed a Web Design course. I continue intensive research on modern art and work on refining my technical knowledge in order to create better art work that will allow easier communication between people.


2008 – 2009

   In 2008 I had opportunity on two different occasions to exhibit my work in Dvor na Uni, Croatia. In June of 2008 I was independent exhibitor with series of drawings dated 2004. From November to December of 2008 I exhibited oil on canvas paintings as a part of movement ˝Mjesec Hrvatske Knjige˝, painted from 2001 to 2005.

   In June of 2009 I accepted  new position with Metro Cash & Carry as a Web Coordinator; position that allows me more artistic freedom creating web pages, continues contact with public and communication on more global level.

 



Pešo Grgić


Novi
Bosanski Novi
(Novi Grad)


Pešo
Near the River Una

Dvor na Uni
Dvor na Uni
(panorama)


Dvor na Uni
Dvor na Uni
(downtown)


Neighbourhood
My neighbourhood
(Dvor na Uni)


Family house
Family house
(Dvor na Uni)


Old school building
Old school building
(Dvor na Uni)


Chinese bronze
Chinese bronze

Gallery
Gallery in Belgrade

Art Studio
Art Studio

1,54 mb  pdf. Installation
Installation 2005

PEER PRESSURE
PEER PRESSURE


 










   

     
     


 


 



 
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