Zoran Velimanovic (1964) is an artist based in Nice (France) and Belgrade (Serbia).
He specializes in oil painting and sculpture in various media including metal, bones, wood, skin, hair and resin, but also living organisms. His three dimensional works belong to what is today described as New sculpture, and are very much in the spirit of Arte povera and Altermodern. Since the end of 1990s many of his major works have featured structures involving bones; their use originates from artist’ fascination by archeology and organic remains.
Velimanovic’ personal art practice has led to him gaining a reputation as art scene’s grotesque critique of contemporary globalized society. Frequently morbidly fascinating, Velimanovic seeks to highlight the incongruous nature of the world and degenerate relations within it. His art confronts and disparages different social constructs which restrain, impede, infringe and even annihilate individuality. Substituting animals for people and combining human and animal bodies in order to get his point across, Velimanovic deals with issues such as human downfall, weakness and disgrace, hypocrisy, disgust, pain, fear and death.
PURGATORIUM, poliptych,120x840 (7 pieces, 160x120 each), oil on canvas