Development on Green by Bora Iljovski, 1985.

The paintings “Development on Green” clearly read the decorative ornamentation of Bora Iljovski. This aesthetic characteristic has long been used in the description of his work, practically since the mid-seventies, when he left figurative painting. His painting world is occupied with the repetition of motifs, linear plate, which are expressed in several colours from the basic palette. His painting system consists of patterns, a kind of interweaving, unusual shapes and strong colours, which critics have named as a kind of urban folklore. In interpreting the origin of such painterly signs, many return to his homeland, south-eastern Serbia, where such folk art is inherited. For many, Bora Iljovski is a continuation of that rich tradition of collective, folk creation.

He was born in 1942 in Drenova near Florina (Aegean Macedonia, Greece). After the end of the Greek civil war in 1949, he was deported to Poland with other refugees. He came to Yugoslavia in 1956. He graduated from the Academy in 1968, in the class of Professor George Boshan, where he also completed his postgraduate studies. At the end of the 70’s and 80’s of the last century, the most significant works of this artist were created: “Again and Again”, “On the Black Field”, “Disturbed Patterns” and others. This is the time of his full affirmation, which is confirmed by his election as the Yugoslav representative at the 41st Venice Biennale in 1982. He died in Belgrade in 2013.

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