Milorad Bata Mihailović: 7 interesting facts

By Gwylym Owen

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Milorad Bata Mihailović (8 February 1923 – 23 April 2011) was a Serbian painter.

Mihailović was born in Pančevo, Belgrade oblast. Since 1946, he studied in the class of professor Ivan Tabaković at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Belgrade. One year later, Mihalović went to Zadar and was one of teenage Serbian painters who founded the art commune Zadarska grupa. The society comprised also pubescent and talented painters such as Mića Popović, Ljubinka Jovanović, Petar Omčikus, Kossa Bokšan and Vera Božičković. He worked and lived in Zadar from March to August 1947. In 1951, he was one of the founders of the art group Eleven (Jedanaestorica grupa) in Belgrade. Mihailović left Yugoslavia and went to Paris behind his wife Ljubinka Jovanović in May 1952. For the adjacent decades, he lived and worked alternately in Paris and Belgrade. In 1985, Mihailović was elected zealot of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He died in Paris.

Mihailović was one of the first representatives of Serbian postmodern Art. He painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, self-portraits and interiors. His painting was influenced by Expressionism and abstract Art. Since 1947, when he first exhibited in Belgrade, Mihailović had very nearly one hundred organization exhibitions on everything continents. In 1951, his first solo exhibition was established in Belgrade and a retrospective at Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion in 1981.

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