London based contemporary artist with Balkan roots enhanced by the Spanish spirit where I lived for many years.
Self-taught abstract painter, performer, and clothes designer.
Creativity and talent I discovered in my late 20’s, and I believe they choose me.
Hard background, being a refugee twice, and growing in Balkanic wars has left strong scars Persistence, stubbornness and a strong passion for life and desire to continue even though the big loneliness and hard challenges, they never left me. These were the best moments to create.
My art is all about it. Modern art with a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Going from one extreme to another bypassing anything in the middle. Colorful, strong, mixed textures, different materials, fulfilled with love and passion. Purport to be free, to be what you are, and do not be afraid to step out of the crowds. Express yourself without the approval of others.
Life, moments, spirituality, and sexuality are my biggest inspirations.
On the other hand through my clothes design, as a quilter, I renew clothes – make art of them. All my clothes are unique, and designed for each individual customer. I design for people with a strong personality, brave, and self-confidence. Clothes are quilted, painted, and hand-sewn. Most of the clothes I buy from charity shops where my main idea is to support and help others who need it.
Sawing is connecting, where I want to show that by connecting our inner worlds, even if they are broken we can connect our outside worlds.
I could say that I admire Picasso, Dalí, and Kandinsky, they left a big influence on me but also I believe that every artist has to be original, different, and unique
I had several collective and solo exhibitions, in Barcelona and London. Have had a collaboration with The Cult House, Never Fad concept store, Parallax art fair, Portobello and Old Spitafields markets, and more.
My art is my passion, as long as I’m inspired I’m going to keep doing things. It is part of me. I believe my mission is to help others and don’t let them fall in the misery that life can bring sometimes. Through my messages, stories, art that I am creating, my own experiences I had and that I never give up
As one of the messengers in this world, I believe that the connection between the universe and the earth is in our hearts. It is up to us how we going to open it and use it.
Hi Bosko! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Bosko: Hi, team 123! I believe that is always hard to speak about yourself but it is part of the game. If you don’t know how to do it, then you need to learn and describe yourself in a simple way. I consider myself as a young ambitious guy with many talents, especially in the hands and mouth. Very sensitive and emotional, but also with a big capacity to handle when life is not very nice. My soul is old, but my body and spirit are feeling young. Through the years, discovering myself I found many things inside, a mixture of everything. I had to pass through a huge transformation to be who I want to be and to do what I want to do.
When I was young I had a different idea about what I want to be. I was actually blonde and quite. I wanted to be a chief, then Ingenieur, lawyer, dentist, psychologist, and then my biggest wish ever was to be a bus driver. That was definitely my biggest wish but I never realized it, because I was a good student and no one allowed me to do it. Years later, in one of my life cycles, I went just one meter on the right from the driver’s place. I became a tourist guide.
I have never in my life planned to be an artist. I mean, I was always different and quite rebellious and didn’t know where that road will take me. I have started to paint in my early 30s, that hidden talent inside of me was just burning and waiting to go out. Now, I am a professional painter. Life is crazy, no?
How do you describe your art?
Bosko: I would say that my art makes you think and feel, also get inspired in any way. Anyone who saw my artworks live said that it “works” them. Probably waking up some corners inside that they even don’t know that exist. I don’t do it on purpose, it’s just natural and I am happy because of it
It is original, different, and unique. I like to be influenced by others but at the end has to be something new, I don’t like copies.
How do you go about selecting topics to paint?
Bosko: When the moment of creation comes it just comes naturally. Normally I feel when is the moment to create something new, and I don’t force it. I paint what I feel. They are a combination of my internal creativity and also healing. I do not seek inspiration, it just comes. Can be at any moment. Life is the biggest inspiration that can be. Everything that we live in, and how we see and feel things, daily influences that we have around us. Everything affects everything. Colors and material that I will use, size of the canvas, part of the day that I will create, etc…Sometimes I go for it, doing in purpose but most of the time as I said it comes naturally. Mostly by night. 90% of the artworks I did was by night. My most creative part of the day is from midnight until 2 am. My work is to have all the material ready, feel free and the topic will just come.
You were a refugee twice, and growing in Balkanic wars has left strong scars on you. How has art helped you cope with that?
Bosko: Unfortunately, my family and I, we had to feel that in this life. Being in the wars and growing with it left you the scars for all life. Thank God we all survived it, but then you become someone who doesn’t have “your” place. In any place, I lived so far I felt like a stranger. If You asked me that 10 years ago, I would probably be angry at someone, sad or lost. There was big emotional turbulence within, but I worked so hard on it. I didn’t want to let those things influence my life which obviously did. Everything I lived so far was because of the beliefs I have made as a child, pictures that I saw, poor life and it was exactly in that period of wars. Not everything is dark from there, we had a beautiful moment. I assume I am still cleaning it. Art is healing, art is channeling me, it is so deep inside of me and I accepted it as part of my essence.
Is there a message you are trying to send with each piece, or is it something else?
Bosko: I like to inspire people, share my talents, my energy and passion, and if someone feels that is doing well on them – that makes me happy and keep me going. I don’t find that art is someone’s vomiting and darkness. That’s not art, that’s drama. How can that help anyone? I know darkness is a part of the journey but I don’t find it necessary to go around and show it. Go beyond that. Show what comes after, how did you rise on it and share a story if needed but not as the end of the product. I have destroyed many of my artworks because of that. Burned them.
Do you feel that your work would have been different if you’d stayed in the Balkans?
Bosko: You know what they say – you cannot be a successful artist if you had a nice childhood. God knows what would happen to me. No matter how hard and ridiculous seems and it took me ages to accept it, which was part of my destiny. I was a child, I couldn’t change it. There is a reason why I had to pass all that and there is no way to change it. Obviously, If we would have stayed in the place where I was born, I am sure it would be different. Maybe I really would be a bus driver. Lol
You are also a performer and clothes designer. Tell me more about that.
Bosko: When it comes to material, I see everything as a canvas. Can be a piece of clothes, shoes, or any wall. I like to express myself and what I feel through the style. First, it was just me. I wasn’t able to express through the words ( Balkanic growing up ) so I had to find another way. I learned how to sew in military service in Serbia. Who would say that 10 years later that talent would make that many people in London, USA, or Kuwait are wearing my clothes? I am self-taught, I am learning on the way. Do you know one safety pin on the right place completely change a perspective of you? But you need to put it in a right place.
In terms of performance, all life is a show. We are performing daily. Sometimes to call attention, sometimes you don’t need to say anything, only your appearance is enough so others can feel. As a performer, I like to speak from the heart, perform about love and things that are happened to me or someone who inspired me. It is completely liberating and it helps others. I live real-life stories and perform about them.
What is the work you’ve done that you’re the most excited about?
Bosko: I couldn’t separate them, they are all part of me, some of them more and some less. I am proud of some works where I shifted one step more from the previous works, but there is one work I am currently doing, more than 1 year and it is called “Journey of the soul”. I am looking forward to showing it to you and to the world and when it comes the moment to see it on the wall of the collector who will know to appreciate it.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Bosko: Oh, when it comes to that it is definitely comments from the kids. With older people, we always find a philosophy thing to discuss it. Kids are so pure, and they just feel something is going on there and don’t know to explain it which is so cute. I think I will never forget a call from one man, a few years ago who said – “I am calling you in the name of my small son, he is so in love with your work, and he is shy to tell that, but he is your admirer”. So far, that was the most beautiful comment.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Bosko: In Covid world, at the moment we don’t have many options. I am not a big fan of online exhibitions but they are part of the program. Instagram, Website, Linkedin, everything helps at this moment, but honestly, I am not rushing with anything. I prefer to wait for the right moment and see my artworks in important galleries all over the world. I found this period more for inspiration, do a cleansing of internal things that don’t serve anything and create, rather than anything else.
What’s next on the horizon?
Bosko: As the world has stopped in March, I have decided to put a pause on the business part of the work. I have never stopped to create, on the contrary, I am very creative during the Covid. Absolutely. Business part and promotions have stopped, so I was focused on other things. Actually, I am doing now one of the most important things in the world for me. I became an owner of the property in Croatia where we lived during the war. It is far from civilization and nobody lived there last 26 years, so you can imagine how it looks. I will create a beautiful paradise there and art atelier where I will spend time and do art. You are invited to visit me 😊
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