Milica Zivadinovic, PhD
visual artist & art historian
Milica was born in Belgrade in 1975 and since 1999 lives and creates in her two cities: Paris and Belgrade. She graduated from the Department of Painting at the School of Fine Arts in Versailles, and then received her PhD from the University of Paris 8. Her doctoral thesis translated into a monograph Miodrag Mića Popović (1923-1996) was published in French and Serbian language.
As a visual artist, she organized numerous solo exhibitions in Paris, Belgrade and throughout Serbia, and participated in many collective exhibitions throughout Europe. She has been a member of ULUS since 2008 as well as of the French association of artists (Maison des Artistes).
Her current art cycle is marked by stylized patterns from the famous Pirot kilims, transposed into authentic oil paintings on canvas, as well as a contemporary view of traditional motifs in applied creativity. The project “Wandering ornaments of Serbia” unites her eclectic approach to ethnology, which she continuously cultivates and for which she is recognizable, in intimate stories, wondrous colors and ornamentation, an unusual combination of the traditional and the contemporary. This new life of Pirot kilims and their patterns which carry strong symbolism is presented in a way that is appealing to the eye and conceivable to any observer from throughout the world.
The “Kaleidoscope of Serbia” project was realised with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of Republic of Serbia and presented worldwide through the diplomatic-consular network.
Winner of the “Star of Belgrade 2021” award of the Youth Offices of the City of Belgrade.
Simultaneously with her work on canvas, Milica also found artistic jewelry as a new medium for her artistic and applied expression.