ABOUT

MAJA ERDELJANIN

(Novi Sad, 1971)
BA and MA at the Department of Painting at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Since 1992, she had over 50 solo exhibitions, participated in more than 250 group exhibitions and in over 60 art colonies and symposiums (Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Norway, Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Spain, France). She is a member of SULUV and ULUS (professional unions of artists in Vojvodina and in Serbia). Apart from the artistic work, she also works as curator and gallery manager. She curated programs for gallery “DA” of the Student Cultural Center (1997-1998), gallery “Podrum” (2002-2005) and the art program of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad (2005-2013). Since 2013 she is curator and manager of gallery “Mali likovni salon”. She designed and organized a large number of exhibitions, art colonies, symposiums and art projects. Received several awards in the field of painting and curating. Published three prose books and an artistic monograph of Novi Sad.

She deals with various artistic techniques and materials: from acrylic and oil on canvas or paper, through watercolors, pastels, to collages and transposing images into transparent or ceramic objects, into digital and video works. In her painting, besides the interest in the notion of a beautiful and the attitude towards the human tendency for harmony, the focus is always on color, which is not only viewed as an artistic element and matter, but also as an important segment of the inner life of an individual.

I am aware that the color directly affects our moods, and for this reason I feel responsible for myself and others when I choose the chromatic frames of my works. I try to make them harmonious and to excite joy. On the other hand, the  themes that shape my work are different, although they occasionally interwine: the perfection of the human body and nature; connection of historical facts and astronomical events preserved in mythology; the misuse of Utopian dream of happiness for marketing purposes; or awareness of our own existence at the present moment…

 

Selected solo exhibitions:

2019 Ljubljana (Slovenia), Gallery DLUL; Dortmund (Germany), Städtische Galerie Dortmund “Torhaus Rombergpark”; Ulm (Germany), “4. Ulmer Stadtzeichnerin”, Kunstlerhaus des BBK Ulm; Belgrade, “Lucida” Gallery

2018 Novi Sad, Gallery SULUV; Novi Targ (Poland), Gallery “Jatki”; Krakow (PL), Gallery “Kotlownia”; Berlin (Germany), Gallery “PanAroma”

2017 Novi Bečej

2015 Pančevo, Gallery Meander

2014 Munich (Germany), Cultural Center “Mohr Villa Freiman”

2013 Aying (Germany), Gallery Aurum Magnum

2012 Novi Sad, Museum of Vojvodina; Novi Sad, Danube Dialogues; Budva (Montenegro), Theater City; Budapest (Hungary), Galeria Lenia

2008 Novi Sad, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

2007 Berlin (Germany), Gallery Prima Center

2006 Skopje (Macedonia), Cultural and Information Centre

2005 Kristiansand (Norway), Agder Kunstnersenter

2004 Sremska Mitrovica, Gallery Laza Vozarević

2002 Belgrade, Gallery “Progres”; Šabac, National Museum

2000 Novi Sad, Gallery of Archive of Vojvodina; Belgrade, Gallery of Student Cultural Center

 

Published books:

2013 “Der Diary”, a novel

2009 “The Cityscape – Novi Sad in fine art 18th-21th century”, a monograph (co-authors: Sava Stepanov and Vladimir Mitrović)

2006 “La Postcard”, essays

2005 “Aloud”, a novel

 

MAJA ERDELJANIN

(Novi Sad, 1971)
Diplomske i master studije završila je na odseku za slikarstvo na Akademiji umetnosti u Novom Sadu. Od 1992. godine priredila je 50 samostalnih izložbi, učestvovala na preko 250 kolektivnih izložbi i u radu preko 60 likovnih kolonija i simpozijuma (Srbija, Crna Gora, Grčka, Norveška, Italija, Holandija, Nemačka, Austrija, Mađarska, Polјska, Rumunija, Španija, Francuska). Član je SULUV-a i ULUS-a. Osim umetničkim, bavi se i uredničkim radom, kao likovni urednik galerije „DA“ Studentskog kulturnog centra (1997-1998), zatim galerije “Podrum” (2002-2005) i likovnog programa Kulturnog centra Novog Sada (2005-2013), a od 2013. godine je urednik “Malog likovnog salona”. Osmislila je i organizovala je veliki broj izložbi, kolonija, simpozijuma i umetničkih projekata. Dobitnica je više nagrada iz oblasti slikarstva i galerijskog rada. Objavila je tri prozne knjige i umetničku monografiju Novog Sada.

Slikarstvom se bavi koristeći sve raspoložive tehnike i materijale: od akrila i ulja na platnu ili papiru, preko akvarela, pastela, do kolaža i transponovanja slike u transparentne ili keramičke objekte, u digitalne i video radove. U njenom slikarstvu se pored interesovanja za pojam lepog i odnos prema ljudskoj težnji za harmonijom, u fokusu se uvek nalazi sama boja, koju ne posmatra samo kao likovni likovni element i materiju, već i kao važan segment unutrašnjeg života pojedinca.

 

Svesna sam da boja direktno utiče na naša raspoloženja, i zbog toga osećam odgovornost, prema sebi i drugima, kada biram hromatske sklopove svojih radova. Trudim se da su harmonični i da pobuđuju radost. Sa druge strane, teme koje moje radove uobličavaju su različite: savršenost ljudskog tela i prirode; veza istorijskih činjenica i astronomskih događaja sačuvana u mitologiji; zloupotreba utopijskog sna o sreći u marketinške svrhe; ili svest o sopstvenom postojanju u sadašnjem trenutku…