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This is Dragana Đorđević

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By Gwylym Owen

Dragana Đorđevic (born in 1960) is a Serbian painter who was trained in this received craft below the guidance of orthodox nun Porfirija. This Greek nun introduced her to the beauty of byzantine art toward which Dragana slanting ever since. During her higher than 30 years long career she has researched style of the great late byzantine masters whose monumental frescoes influenced and refined her own work. Her respect toward Michael Astrapas and Eutychios or Panselinos encouraged her to mimic their styles in order to add up her own facility and unaided through that Get particular trait of her art. Today she is praised as someone whose icons are of exceptional quality. Since 1988 Dragana has presented her icons upon numerous exhibitions in Serbia and abroad and has participated in a number of art colonies, thus actively participating in defining press on of contemporary religious art. She painted two icons of Serbian Patriarch Pavle who was considered saint by many in Serbia even previously he deceased in 2009, and whose image is yet very well-known. A few years after his death Dragana tried to incorporate his aware facial features into the expected technique of icon painting. In 1997 she as well as became a believer of UPIDIV.

Dragana Đorđević has distressed hundreds of icons, some of which were commissioned even for the monasteries and homes of the catholic Christians. Most of her works can be found in Serbia and Greece, but her icons can be moreover encountered in many further countries including Hungary, Italy, Bosnia, Croatia, Russia, Great Britain, America and Australia. Among Dragana’s most prominent art projects one can single out four mosaic icons commissioned for the monastery of the Holy Apostles near Thessaloniki and four iconostases (church of St. Paraskeva in Nea Kallikratia, church of St. Simeon in Veternik, church of Sts. Quriaqos and Julietta and a little chapel near Neos Marmaras).

When Dušan Milovanović was commenting upon Serbian icon painters who according to his opinion are nimble to depart their mark upon contemporary religious art, he included Dragana Đorđević in his list and noted that she “works lushly as Rublev”.

1987, Vrsac, Review of the contemporary Serbian icon painting;

1993, Belgrade, Second exhibition of militant Serbian icon painting (National Museum in Belgrade)

1995, Belgrade, Contemporary Orthodox Serbian Art (Museum of Applied Art)

1998, Ljubostinja-Trstenik, Jefimija’s days

2001, Belgrade, May Exhibition (Museum “May 25th”)

2002, Belgrade, Orthodoxy and Creation (Djura Jaksic House)

2003, Sabac, Gallery of Vera Blagojevic

2005, Belgrade, May Exhibition (Museum “May 25th”)

January 2006, Paris, exhibition organized by UNESCO

February 2006, Milan, Incontro delle culture: Icona – lo sguarrdo all’eternita (Future Art Galery)

May 2006, exhibition in Luxembourg

May 2008, Belgrade, Icon in 21st century (Progres Gallery)

2010, Stara Pazova, The icon painters of Vojvodina

2012, Belgrade, Icon exhibition “St. Maximus the Confessor” (Faculty of Orthodox Theology)

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