Who is Ljubica Sokić?

Ljubica “Cuca” Sokić (9 December 1914 – 8 January 2009) was a prominent Serbian and Yugoslav painter of the twentieth century.

She was born in Bitola, North Macedonia, where her mom Ruža was refugee during the World War I. Her daddy was Manojlo Sokić, a journalist, who owned defunct Belgrade paper Pravda. She attended the tall school in Belgrade, where Zora Petrović was her professor. She was along with taught painting by, among others, Beta Vukanović and Ivan Radović. She after that studied in Paris from 1936 to 1939, where she attended evening nude classes at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, and began studying graphics at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Having returned from Paris to Belgrade, she presented her works independently for the first epoch in 1939 in Belgrade pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić.

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She was one of the founders of the art group “Desetorica” (“The Group of Ten”). She was a professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Belgrade in the midst of 1948–72, where she taught aquarel and painting. In 1968 she became a corresponding advocate of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and from 1978 regular fanatic of the academy. Besides painting, already during her studies, she drew children’s comics for her father’s paper Pravda, and after the World War II she illustrated Poletarac, Zmaj, Pionir, Pionirske novine. She has created illustrations for over thirty children’s books. She in addition to worked in cinematography.[citation needed]

Her paintings are described as intimistic. At first she painted yet life, landscapes, figures and portraits. Later she was moving towards simplifying forms, geometry and temperate abstraction. At grow old she used collage and experimental materials techniques.

She received more than twenty various awards and recognitions for her artistic opus.

Her sister is the famous Serbian actress and writer Ružica Sokić, and her nephew is Abdulah Numan, the Mufti of Serbia.

She died upon 8 January 2009, aged 94, in Belgrade. She was interred five days unconventional at Novo Groblje cemetery.

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