Boban Ilic – sculptor from Chicago
Exhibition in Belgrade – June 2010 - Press Release
"Angels and Demons" in Belgrade
Boban Ilic, a prominent sculptor from Chicago (www.boban.com), will have his first solo exhibition in Belgrade from June 8-21 2010 at the Progress Gallery.Author: Marina Bulatovic
Visitors to this exhibition will be able to see medium-sized 20 sculptures as well as 25 paintings by this well-known Chicago artist. Boban's sculptures are inspired largely by mythological motifs, such as Icarus, St. George the Dragon Slayer, angels and demons - after which this exhibition was named. Boban's work has achieved significant results in the North American art market and around the world. At the New York Expo 2006 two of his sculptures were sold to museums in America and Japan for $147,000. What especially identifies this artist is his choice of materials, for example, his use of spoons made of the highest quality steel.
"The exhibition Angels and Demons in Belgrade is the biggest event in my life, despite the more than 100 exhibitions I have had around the world. This is because Belgrade is where I began to dream all my sculptor's dreams. This exhibition is a continuation of what is customary in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago,” said Boban Ilic. "I am very pleased that after 20 years I am going back to where I started my artistic voyage.”
The exhibition was organized under the auspices of the City of Belgrade, organized by the Culture Bridge of Toronto and "Bridge" Fund of Belgrade.
Nenad Stankovic, organizer of the exhibition and editor-in-chief of the magazine Culture Bridge, says:
"Boban Ilic's exhibition is one of three cultural events in Serbia that we are organizing from the Diaspora. The first is an exhibition of Canadian photo-journalism legend Boris Spremo at Politika Gallery on June 3, and the second is the launch of New Serbian Stories in English, published in Culture Bridge magazine, at Belgrade Cultural Center on the June 17.
Ilic's exhibition is an attempt to institutionalize cultural exchange between North America and Serbia. Until now, artists from Serbia have gone to exhibits in Toronto, Vancouver and Chicago where they presented a model of what could be called a ‘culture stall.’ What we are trying to do now is establish a cultural exchange and provide another dimension, indicating that cultural exchange is a ’two-way’ street. It is difficult, but we must persevere. The best way for cultural exchange is for our expatriates who are successful in the world to present themselves to the domestic cultural and general public. I am thankful to our sponsor, the City of Belgrade, and the people who have supported this project."
Boban Ilic was born in Nis, where he attended the School of Design. He graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade - Department of Sculpture. He has exhibited in Europe, America, Japan, and the Philippines. He has lived and worked in Chicago since 1991. Today, Boban Ilic ranks among the most famous American sculptors.