Ljubomir Popović

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Ljubomir Popović
Ljuba Popović.jpg
Drawing of Popović by Zoran Tucić
Born(1934-10-14)14 October 1934
Died12 August 2016(2016-08-12) (aged 81)
Belgrade, Serbia
Known forPainter
Graffito in Belgrade, Serbia

Ljubomir "Ljuba" Popović (14 October 1934 – 12 August 2016)[1] was a Serbian surrealist painter. He is renowned for his many erotic and unconventionally juxtaposed subject matters.


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.[2]

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

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.[3] He died on the night between 11 and 12 August 2016.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b "Umro slikar Ljuba Popović". Blic. 12 August 2016.
  2. ^ Les Peintres Surrealistes, Sarane Alexandrian, p.58-59
  3. ^ "Slikar Ljuba Popović u bolnici". Blic. 31 July 2016.
  4. ^ Renowned Serbian painter Ljuba Popovic passes away