Viktor Mitic

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Viktor Mitic is a Serbian-born Canadian painter and sculptor living in Toronto. He is known for the use of firearms in creating his art, a skill he acquired during national service in his native Yugoslavia.[1] One of his most notable works is Blasted Beaverbrook, which New Brunswick's provincial gallery, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, commissioned for an exhibition in 2009.[2]

Mitic's 2008 work Hole Jesus,[3] a portrait of Jesus created by firing 22-calibre bullets at canvas from an M14 rifle, was displayed at Toronto's Trias Gallery and attracted media coverage.[1] Mitic told the Biggs Museum of American Art that he was inspired to create the work after an art dealer told him his work ought to be more 'penetrating'.[4] Screw Harper,[5] a Mitic portrait of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made out of screws, featured in an exhibition titled "Art or Deconstruction" in Pages Bookstore, Toronto.[6] His first show in Japan at Muramatsu Gallery in Tokyo was supported by Canadian and Serbian Embassy in Tokyo 2008. In 1995 Mitic has finished painting a portrait of Hon. Jean Chrétien and has met Mr. Chrétien in December of the same year at Prime Ministers office in Ottawa for the official presentation of the portrait with the support of Hon. Jean Augustine an MP from Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Mitic has also exhibited alongside his son, Ansel Yamamoto Mitic,[7] in a show titled Duet at Toronto's IndexG gallery.[8]

In 2009 Viktor Mitic joined Odon Wagner Contemporary, which exhibited his famed "Blasted Guernica" at the international exhibition Art Toronto (formerly TIAF) this past October. Viktor Mitic's first solo show at Odon Wagner Contemporary opens to the public on December 11, 2009. The exhibition titled "DEALERS: 36 portraits of Toronto's Art Dealers" will launch in conjunction with the book of the same title at the Odon Wagner Contemporary. To view the collection of 36 paintings, visit [9] In 2010 Mitic has exhibited his controversial bullet hole paintings in a show titled "Art or War" at Moos Gallery in Toronto and was featured in various television programs and newspapers globally. The same year, a book and a DVD under the same title was published in Toronto featuring Mitic's art.

In 2013 Viktor Mitic had an installation of a large sculpture in Washington Dc. His work titled "Incident " was featured on the front page of a major Canadian newspaper and covered by various Canadian and USA television, paper and online news media.

In 2014 a documentary titled "Gun Porn" by Brahm Rosensweig, which described the unusual process in the making of was featured at the Hot Docs in Toronto, Canada.

In 2015 Viktor Mitic exhibited a collection of 58 pieces acquired by Artisan Works in Rochester Ny. The show was featured in various publications, both in USA and in Canada. He also appeared in a short comedy show for MTV shortly after that show.


  • "Art or War", by Laurie Kwasnik, 12 min. 2010, Tightrope Books ISBN 978-1-926639-15-4
  • "Rain Dance", By Brahm Rosensweig, 14 min. 2011, Fourfront Editions, ISBN 978-1-926802-66-4
  • "Gun Porn", by Brahm Rosensweig, 11 min, Hot Docs, Hulu 2014


Life and education[edit]

Mitic was born and grew up in the former Yugoslavia before moving to Canada.[1]


  • Screw Harper, 2008, Bravo TV. Private Collection
  • Hole Jesus, 2008, Published by Tightrope books, Art or War, 2010. Private Collection
  • Blasted Beaverbrook, 2009, Published by Tightrope books, Art or War, 2010. Permanent Collection / Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick
  • "Incident" 2013, Toronto, Washington DC. Permanent Collection/ Artisan Works, Rochester NY.
  • Black and white together, forever. Deluca gallery, Toronto 2014. Private Collection


  1. ^ a b c Goddard, Peter (6 December 2008). "Danby show delivers easygoing, iconic images". Toronto Star. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ "Exhibitions: Re-imagining Lord Beaverbrook". Beaverbrook Gallery official website. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Ignacio Villarreal. "Art or War: Toronto Artist Uses Assault Rifle to Paint His Canvases". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Taking a shot at proving a point". It's a Biggs Deal: Biggs Museum blog. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2009.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Art or Deconstruction: Canadian Artist Uses Screws to Paint Prime Minister" (Press release). 26 February 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "What's On". Toronto Star. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "What's On". Toronto Star. 13 November 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived December 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.[permanent dead link]

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