Irena was born in 1989 in Zagreb. In 2012 she completed basic Applied Painting academic studies at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and was recognized as the student of the generation. In 2015 she completed her master studies at the same faculty.
Irena was a scholarship holder for the city of Belgrade, of the Republic of Serbia and of the “Dositeja” fund for young talents of the Republic of Serbia.
So far , Irena has had five solo exhibitions and participated in several collective exhibitions at home and abroad. One of her works is part of the Belgrade Marriot Hotel collection.
Irena lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
2022. „The places we love“, Pavane art room, Belgrade
2022. „The places we love“ , Culture center Šabac
2020. “Strange days”, Vjeran pas in Belgrade/RS
2019. “Dog days“ MLS Culture Center Novi Sad/RS
2019. „Dog days“ Centre of Contemporary Art in Podgorica/ME
2019. „Dog days“ Gallery Belgrade in Belgrade/RS
The works created by Irena subtly introduce the observers into her life, indicating who she and those around her actually are. in this case the artist and the work are inseparable from each other.
In these paintings she recreated old family photos, merging several of them into one, mixing recorder memories and creating new ones at the same time. The female figure with a cigarette is he mother, the dog is her dog, the girl is herself – maybe.
Precisely by focusing on the intimate, she achieves a sence of comprehensiveness. It is easy to connect with her
works – as much as they are visually and technically reduced they are also abundant in gentle allusions.
Watercolor is a technique that derived from Irena’s personal and artistic maturing. Each painting presents a risk. By not edging the surface she will paint with a pencil, the artist leaves the colour to spill while she “listens” to it. The results are amazingly precise figures while white surfaces – an absence from artistic intervention – leave alternating hints of the body, that is, of the clothing which in an impression of penetration of the outside world, that is, of the background into the form of her paintings.
Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade/ Master studies in painting.
2021. First prize for drawing. National Museum in Šabac, Serbia.
2020. First prize “26th watercolor group exibition“. Cultural Center of Šabac, Serbia.
2020. Third prize. 6th International Watercolor Biennial. A Gallery. Belgrade, Serbia.
2020. Special Award. Painting. 15th International Biennial of Miniature Art. Gornji Milanovac, Serbia.
2018. Special Award. 5th International Watercolor Biennial. A Gallery. Belgrade, Serbia.
2017. First Prize. 8th International Exhibition “Art in Miniature Majdanart 2017“. Majdanpek, Serbia.