Biography

Jovan Matić was born in 1996 in Belgrade. He earned both his bachelor’s and the master’s degree at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, the Ceramics Department (2014-2020). Since 2016 he has been actively exhibiting at many solo and group exhibitions in the country and abroad. He was the finalist of Private Values 2 held at the residence of the Swiss Ambassador in Belgrade. He participated in the University of Arts Summer School – ArtQuake, Kotor, Montenegro (2019), Marble and Sounds – World of Ceramics art show and
Ceramics World Symposium in Aranđelovac (2020). He has taken part in numerous other events. In 2020 he was accepted as post- doctoral fellow at the Ishoken Institute in Japan. Since 2021 he has been part of the Canon Foundation Research Fellowship. His works can be found in several private collections in the country and overseas. He is currently living and working in Tajimi, Japan.

scroll down

Statement

The artistic practice I deal with is a product of observing current social topics that leave a strong impression on me – above all those phenomena that encourage thinking about the system and the position of man in it. In the light of social and market relations, man today is in a dual position – consumer and goods, so my art is an attempt to understand and resist the implications of these positions. As a consumer, man observes the world around him through the prism of goods and their market value, and thus observes other people, which makes social relations economic. In my work, I consider precisely that aspect of social relations that creates value and consequently profit, as well as my own position within such a system.

My focus is everyday situations where as an observer, but also an accomplice, I try to understand and show emotions that draw most people and me into socio-economic events of which we are largely unaware: alienation produced by such interpersonal relationships, fear of rationalization of human relations as economic, as well as the possibility of exploitation that follows from that, and finally resistance to the general insincerity that arises as a consequence of the struggle for capital (social, economic, cultural).

The way I materialize ideas in my work: using various techniques and a combination of contrasting materials and vivid colors, with the intensity of visual impression this aims to draw attention to the relevance of the topics I talk about. At first glance, the intensity of likable forms can cause attractiveness and likeability, but with each subsequent look at the work, critical views of the phenomena in question are provoked. The aestheticization of the form ironically speaks of human nature to be easier to swallow with a teaspoon of sugar.

Selected Exhibitions

2016.

"5th International Young Ceramics Competition” - Usak, Turkey

2017.

“Judo Art”, Rakovica Cultural Center Gallery - Belgrade

2018.

- “Project Class”Student Cultural Center New Belgrade

- “Festum - Last (Arts university festival)”Student Cultural Center, Belgrade

- “Ceramic Art Andenne - Student Exhibition”Ceramic center, Andenne, Belgium

- “6th International Young Ceramics Competition”Usak, Turkey

- “Graduate exhibition”Museum of Applied arts, Belgrade

- “Night of Museums - victory”Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade

- “Miniature 3”Belgrade

2019.

- "Festival 9 - Alchemy” Old Brick Factory, Belgrade

- "Private value 2” Residence of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Belgrade

- "Exhibition of Ceramics Students" Gallery of Vracar municipality (solo exhibition), Belgrade

- "Abandonment / Covers" Gallery of Student Cultural Center (solo exhibition) Belgrade

2020.

"Belgrade Ceramics Biennial" - Residence of Princes Ljubica, Belgrade

2021.

- "Life in vain-Life in pain" Xvitamin Art Gallery (solo exhibition), Belgrade

- "Triennale of drawing and small plastics" Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrade

- "Symposium Marble and Sounds, World of Ceramics" Pavilion Biveta (solo exhibition), Arandjelovac

- "Private Zone" American Corner Novi Sad (solo exhibition), Novi Sad

Check out my latest work

You can explore the full collection of my series and works by clicking the button.

exhibitions

Upcoming events