Nevena Prijic Serbia, b. 1985
Nevena Prijic (Serbian, b. 1985,) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BFA and MFA in Painting from The University of Novi Sad, Academy of Fine Arts, Serbia, and then immigrated to the United States in 2017. For several years, Prijic has depicted the universal body and its merger with machines, plants, and insects. Through the lens of biomorphism, she employs intense hues with various painterly techniques to manifest radiant and translucent new forms. They are thus futuristic in nature yet inspired by artefacts of the Neolithic Vincha culture of present-day Serbia, operating in the swirl of ancient art history and science-fiction.
In her new body of work, Prijic continues to emphasize the evolution of the body and its fusion with technology and natural organisms. Her process starts with broad strokes, sprays, and planes of color over which she progressively layers more detailed and granular elements. By virtue of each one remaining translucent like a jellyfish or plastic sheathing, Prijic renders visible her painting’s progressive states of becoming; this conceptually mirrors the expansiveness of her forms, for they appear to evolve from the past to the future, to death and back again. In this porous time continuum, they are at once insectoid, botanical, humanoid, and cyborg; they reflect an interconnectedness of all things, a universal living body.
Through painting, Prijic represents what the universal body could be, and what it is becoming. Incorporating appearances of the natural and synthetic, their demarcated boundaries become increasingly blurred as we ponder how humans are forging new relationships between nature and technology. Whilst probing the elastic possibilities of painting itself, Prijic constructs universal bodies in continuity and adaptation, nesting biomorphic formal language into images of propulsive evolution.
Nevena Prijic’s work has most recently been exhibited at Mrs. (New York), Public Gallery (London) M+B gallery (Los Angeles), Hesse Flatow (New York City), Bozomag (Los Angeles) and The Hole (Los Angeles and New York City).
Notable Exhibitions include:
Public Gallery, London, UK - 2023
Mrs., New York, USA - 2023
M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, USA - 2022
Bozomag, Los Angeles, USA - 2022
The Hole, Los Angeles, USA - 2022
The Hole, New York, USA - 2022
Hesse Flatow, New York, USA - 2022
NADA, New York, USA - 2022
Richard Heller, Los Angeles, USA - 2021
John Wolf, Los Angeles, USA - 2021