VLADIMIR
VELICKOVIC

1935 - 2019

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He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.
From 1962 to 1963, he was an associate of the master workshop of Krsto Hegedušić in Zagreb. He moved to Paris in 1966. He was elected a professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1983 and remained in that position until 2000. He was elected a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1985. He was awarded the highest French distinction in the field of culture and art, Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been organizing exhibitions since 1951. He exhibited in a number of European and American countries.

 

On December 7, 2005, he was elected a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts (Académie des beaux-arts) in the department of painting. He is one of ten academicians of this department, in position no. 7. which has a history of two centuries. He is the first Serbian member of this Academy, while academician Ivan Đaja was elected as a corresponding member in the related French Academy of Sciences in 1956. On November 2, 2006, he was promoted to honorary doctor of the University of Kragujevac.He taught as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade. In April 2007, Veličković was awarded the French Order of Knight of the Legion of Honor. In May 2013, he had an exhibition at the SANU Gallery, in the same gallery he had an exhibition in 2002. In the 2002 exhibition, the motifs were related to ravens on the ground, and in 2013, to ravens in flight. Several monographs are dedicated to his work. 
He died on August 29 in the Split hospital where he was admitted after falling ill. He was buried in the Alley of meritorious citizens in Belgrade. The commemoration was held in the Assembly of the City of Belgrade.

In 2020, he posthumously received an award from the Museum of the City of Belgrade for his overall contribution to creativity in the territory of Belgrade. With his work and activities, he made a great contribution to the activities of SANU, especially within the Department of Fine and Musical Arts. He left a lasting mark in the field of Serbian culture and art and its affirmation on a global scale. He has held more than a hundred solo exhibitions in many cities around the world. About the work of Vladimir Veličković, 12 documentaries were filmed and 15 monographs were published.

 

His paintings are kept in numerous public and private collections in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Venezuela, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Iran, Italy, Japan, Germany, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, USA, Finland, France, Netherlands, Chile, Sweden, Switzerland, countries of the former Yugoslavia and Serbia.

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