Drawing of Popović by Zoran Tucić
14 October 1934|
Tuzla, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|Died||12 August 2016
Born in Tuzla, Bosnia, Popović studied Fine Arts in Belgrade. During a visit to Paris, he was impressed 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 concepts of desire and fear. Popović arrived in Paris in 1963 and was immediately taken in by French gallerists and surrealists. Living in Paris and supported by the Thessa Herold's gallery, he painted fantastical scenes, full of disturbing and desirable creatures, reminiscent of Dali's work, according to a Mandiargues's review in 1970. Inspired by Renaissance and Baroque painting, as well as his grandfather's exorcisms, Popović's works deal with the demons of a dark pessimism.
Popović lived in Paris since 1963, occasionally visiting Serbia. In July 2016, whillst at his summer retreat on the Athos peninsula in Greece, he was taken ill and was transferred to a Belgrade hospital. He died on the night between 11 and 12 August 2016.
- "Umro slikar Ljuba Popović". Blic. 12 August 2016.
- Les Peintres Surrealistes, Sarane Alexandrian, p.58-59
- "Slikar Ljuba Popović u bolnici". Blic. 31 July 2016.
- Renowned Serbian painter Ljuba Popovic passes away
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