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Ljubomir Ljuba Popovic

 (born 1934)
Ljubomir Ljuba Popovic is active/lives in Serbia, France.  Ljubomir Popovic is known for Surrealist painting.

Ljubomir Ljuba Popovic

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Ljubomir Popović (born 14 October 1934) is a Serbian surrealist painter. He considers himself to be Serbian born in Yugoslavia. He is renowned for his many erotic and unconventionally juxtaposed subject matters.

Born in Tuzla, Bosnia, Ljuba studied Fine Arts in Belgrade but was shocked by the discovery of 1959 exhibition of surrealist art from the Urvater collection. In 1960, he founded the movement ‘Mediala’, meaning ‘Honey and Dragon’, to express both the concepts of desire and fear.

Ljuba arrived in Paris in 1963 and was immediately taken in by French galerists and surrealists. Living in Paris and supported by Thessa Herold’s gallery, Ljuba painted fantastical paintings, full of disturbing and desirable creatures, reminiscent of Salvadore Dali’s work, according to Mandiargue’s review in 1970.

"Inspired by a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque painting, as well as his grandfather’s exorcisms, Ljuba’s works teems with the demons of a dark pessimism." (Les Peintres Surrealistes, Sarane Alexandrian, p.58-59).

He is the subject of the short documentary film L'amour monstre de tous les temps (1978) by Walerian Borowczyk.

Wikipedia ("Ljubomire Popovic"), Accessed 10/2015

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Ljuba  Popovic (born 1934 in Tuzla)

One of the creators of the Surrealist movement in Belgrade, he was a leader of Serbian painters in Paris.  After the study of beaux arts in Belgrade, Popovic and some friends created an avant-garde group named Mediala in 1960. 

At that time his style of mixing a quasi pointillist technique and the great rectangular surfaces was already well known. 

Ljuba Popovic often mixes the female body, architecture and surrealist forms in a rare color intensity, expressing the relationships of desire and death, purity and chaos,  microcosm and macrocosm. 

He settled in Paris and frequently holds exhibitions there, as well as around the world.

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About  Ljubomir Ljuba Popovic

Born:  1934 - Serbia
Known for:  Surrealist painting