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Lived/Active: California/New York / Former Yugoslavia      Known for: prism, optical sculpture, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Vasa Velizar Mihich  (b. 1933)

Vasa Mihich was born in 1933 in Yugoslavia.  

Vasa is know as an academically trained painter.  In 1956, Vasa started teaching at the University of Belgrade and soon become aware of the growing importance of America art during the time period.  Thus in 1960, he immigrated to the United States.  Noticing the movements in art, in 1964, Vasa started to work in three-dimensional painted constructions.

Vasa had his first show in January 1996 at the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in Los Angeles.  Also that year, he was shown at the seminal exhibit "American Sculptures of the Sixties" at the Los Angeles County Art Museum.

In 1967, Vasa began to include plastic in his works.  He used the plastics as structural support for different planes of color.

Vasa’s sculptures are included in the permanent collections of many museums and corporations in the United States, Europe and Asia including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, Los Angeles, California; Wilhelm Lehmbruek Museum, Duisber, Germany; Musees Royaux des Beaux- Arts de Belgique, Art Moderne, Brussels, Belgium; Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; Honolulu Academy of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii; Milwaukee Art Center, Bradley Collection, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, California; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, California; and San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California.

Vasa is the senior Professor of Design at the University of California, LA and still lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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Biography from Museum of Art and History (MOAH):
A senior Professor of Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, Vasa is a sculptor known for creative work which explores the three-dimensional interactions of light and color. With an advanced understanding of optical complexities, Vasa has become, in the words of Henry Seldis, former art critic of The Los Angeles Times, "the most sensuous and sensational colorist of the southern California artists working in plastic."

Born in Yugoslavia in 1933, Vasa Mihich, an academically trained painter, became a member of the faculty at the University of Belgrade in 1956. During a visit to Paris that same year, Vasa became aware of the growing importance of American art, and four years later he immigrated to the United States.

Influenced by the major changes taking place in art in the United States and especially in Los Angeles, Vasa began working in three-dimensional painted constructions in 1964. This work was first shown in January, 1966 in the Feigen-Palmer Gallery in Los Angeles and that same year was included in the seminal exhibit "American Sculptures of the Sixties" at the Los Angeles County Art Museum and other museum and university exhibits.

An important year for Vasa was 1967 when he began including plastic in his work. A painter interested in placing color in open space, he began to use clear plastic as a structural support for different planes of color. Expecting to explore this medium for a few years, Vasa, to his surprise, continues some thirty years later to discover new possibilities. In 1967 he also returned to teaching, joining the faculty at UCLA where he continues to teach.

Except for a brief stay in New York, Vasa has lived in California since his arrival in the United States. Here in his comprehensive studio, located in the heart of Los Angeles and designed and built to accommodate the machinery, staff and advanced technology required for his work, Vasa creates and makes all of his art.

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