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About Saso Petrosevski Novak - SPN

Saso Petrosevski Novak - SPN Adress: Sašo Petroševski Novak,
10000 Zagreb,
V. Tenzere 3 , Croatia, EUROPA

Phone: +385 91 512 7997

e-mail: / sasopn / Saso Petrosevski Novak

Sašo Petroševski Novak was born in Rijeka on Sušak, Croatia. He graduated at the University of Zagreb. In 1988., he decided to change his career and to become a painter. He wanted to satisfy his need for painting wich has been present in his life since early childhood an he chose painting as the only way of life possible. He entered the Art Center in Zagreb and passed 11 semesters, who taught him a lot and gave him the basis for his own painter’s career. Since now, he has hat 41 one-man exhibitions and he participated in over 40 group exhibitions and 30 art colonies. He joined many humanitarian actions and givted over 120 paintings to help the victims of war in Croatia. For this gesture, he was rewarted with numerous acknowledgments and recognitions. He uses the techniques of oil-painting, water-painting, pastel-painting and combined techniques. He lives and works in Zagreb and Rovinj. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The painter and artist Sašo Petroševski Novak is one of those individuals who entered into the field of art following the call of a personal innate impulse towards art and artistic creation. He is an example of talent born in the genes. A talent which appears in the first years of childhood when the traits of individuality first begin to be revealed, exhibiting tendencies of artistic expression. He devoted himself to the vocation which he intensively felt, experienced and lived throug, and to which he surrendered himself in a totally professional manner. Following the dictate of his own nature and lifestyle, he abandoned post-graduate studies to further his professional standing and a position as an advisor to the goverment in order to devote himself completely to art. Sašo Petroševski Novak is a painter who has passed through a solid schooling suitable for the construction of his artistic expression and the tittle of a painter and visual artist. In the paintings of Sašo Novak, an emphatic outline is the basis for the motif of the painting. The drawing is the basis from which the further construction of the painting is formed. With a developed feeling for colour, the paintings of Sašo Novak exude a harmonious tonal composition, although colour as a factor is not the main element of the contens, rather it is elegantly built into the composition of the paintings. Some works of this painter exhibit a tendency towards apstraction, where a superstructure of a powerful play of color is applied to a concrete figuralism. Sašo Petroševski Novak is a painter who deservs attention in terms of his opus, which represents a significant contribution to our artistic scene. He is intesively present in our conteporary art both in public and in reviews - trough a series of one - man shows and also jurychosen group exibits at wich our contemporary national artistics reality is presented. Prof. dr. Antun Bauer _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the most recent phase of Sašo Petroševski Novak’s artistic exploration, he has concentrated on the effect of color, the sublimation of form and the recreation of impressive ambiences. Details of the Istrian landscape serve as his inspiration, more as an impulse in characterizing an ambient than an edict for descriptiveness. Freeing himself from the need for documentation, he opens new areas of perception. Strict reality was eliminated in favor of the spontaneous selection of the seen and its preformulation in the succus of sensibility. Thematically, the artist’s primary attention was attracted to small picturesqu houses with red roofs and white walls. In individual compositions, such houses appear as independet objects or in association with the configuration of soil, vegetation, sun or the Cross - disclosing fleeting atmospheric states such as sunlight, sullen clouds on the horizont and forms submerged in darkness. Always striving for consistent communication between the seen and the experienced, the pantier reaches for interpretations that indirectly serve as interpreters between natural conditions and his intimate feelings. While some of the compositions suggest cheerful breeziness, a spasm of tension and melancholy is sensed in others. This is evident in the painting and expression of motifs, ranging from a simplicity of expression involving symbolism, to the modification of form and finally to entry in the domain of abstraction. Sašo Petroševski Novak’s ability to find and fix exceptional individuality in everyday motifs conveys the smoldering relations between the main theme and its ambient, imbuing his observations with subjective judgment. This sensitive and receptive painter is an artist who embraces the material and spiritual as a single organism. In his vision, individual buildings in rural or urban agglomerations lose their local significance and create a superstructure of connotation. The red of the roofs is metaphorically the red of the Istrian soil. The discrete blue suggests the blue of the sea, while sparse green alludes to vegetation. White and yellow planes of walls with windows and doors of various colors are symbolic of contrasts. Nevertheless, these afterthoughts are merely the materialization of the foundations from which the artist’s intimate jottings arise, issuing from direct contact between the landscape and the painter’s intellectual and emotional cognition. Sašo Petroševski Novak approaches the construction of a painting in various ways. Sometimes he almost negates space, centering attention directly upon the object itself. At other times, he gives the landscape priority, designating perspective and insisting on coloristic aspects. A tendency toward the meditative is particularly evident in the complex solutions where form and color systematically intertwine to create an atmospheric entity. An heir to the Fauves in color and the expressionists in construction, the painter avoids drawing, giving priority to juicy and broadly applied color. His stroke is spontaneous and free, guided by sensibility and achieved through skill. Ignoring details, he relates the ephemeral impression, erasing the unessential to emphasize the essential. The modelling of forms is more often achieved by juxtaposing light and dark planes than by shading surfaces. Nevertheless, the painter achieves a dimension of spatiality in landscapes and other works. In some instances, purity is sought and forms are reduced to the simplest planes or undefined horizontals, accompanied by restrained choice of color. Signs of aspirations toward minimalism herald new reflections. In the current cycle of paintings, Sašo Petroševski Novak presents himself as a zealous investigator of space, still lifes and female nudes. Sublimating earlier experiences, he directs his creative efforts toward achieving coloristic sublety, the free construction of form and insistence on authentic ambiences, there by joining those painters engaged in developing neoexpressionistic idioms. Prof. Juraj Baldani _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ In the paintings of Sašo Petroševski Novak, the forms are strictly reduced, expressed by simplified painting which, filled with profoundly harmonized colours, even in the early paintings, show the painter’s attitude towards the extremely expressed colouristic sensitivity. The figures unconcerend of their physical states are presented with their faces full of kindness, the things are preoccupied with themselves. Thoroughly chosen forms in the sophisticated composition transform into a different self existence. The painter selects the forms by an inner balance of his personal artistic sensitivity. He cultivates the combination of painting techniques and it seems that just in this diversity, he findes the possibility to act free and to prove himself. He chooses the themes with care and dives into the richness of shades of the sophisticated scale of colours. The paintings are often static, but not monotonous, there is a vision, but not uncotrolled. The painter’s interpretation starts from the reality, translating this reality into another reality, but taking care not to distroy its identity. From the specific personal attitude towards Istra where the painter has his art studio (Rovinj), the world of gentle wind, raised sails, reflection of sun at the surface of blue sea, was created. Besides, the paintings risemble the world of labour and torture of Istrian people that for the centuries turn the poor land over, driving the blessed Istrian ox in front of them. This side of the world is given by the scale of condensed, ther is no space for a pretty postcard pitcure. The harmony of composition building, never burdened with superfluous detailes, puts the landscape details into very sophisticated relations, producing the authentic picturesquenss of controlled moderateness. The humbleness of motives is the basic characteristic of paintings in wich the house appears to be the leading actor and the basic determinant of space. This house is usualy caressed by the sun and touched by the cypress, both being the symbols of a region, and all that is harmoniously united into the atmosphere of everlasting permanence of Istrian landscape by a damped scale of colours. The paintings of Sašo Petroševški are never the pure transcription of reality, this reality is always just an impulse for the painter’s vivid imagination in wich the colours in millions of shades make the forms building the vision of a new selfcontained reality.

Prof. Mirjana Sakaè

Sašo Petroševski Novak enterd into the building of imaginary towns, dreamt arhitecture, composed according to the laws of his own urbanism. The freedom of artistic expression reflects interesting combinatorics of forms which makes everything possible. Maybe some of his buildings really exist as the expression of experience of something known. But, Novak’s towns are the result of a game, with a touch of childish, naive on the surfaces of tender geometry. Amusing rhytm goes through the surfaces with strong lines with bases in contest and artistic accents. Novak reduces the materialistic to the sign, thus the towns become puzzles of characteristic modules, far away from any scheme. The cheerfulness can be felt in the “walk” through Novak’s space for which the resonableness exists in the character of chromatic. In the attractive way, Novak’s urban ambient comprises the buildings of historical complexity but also the modern buildings connected to the forms which will bring brightness to every town. Novak constructs the pictures with strong and readable lines which give the illusion thath the town moves and not its potential citizens. Co-ordinate system of lines with magnetic forces spreading the dynamic of expression into every part of the work. Motion inside the idented geometry, changing of the rythm inside the regularity are more and more pronounced by colours of various dynamic and light characteristics. Sašo Petroševski Novak with a lot of care gives necessary coloristic brightness to the segments of creation and embodies it in his individual artistic concept. In his work, there is a lot of spontaneity, unexpectedness resulting sometimes in almost exact form or shape opening to organic. The joy of work is the major starter of Novak’s artistic building. Prof. Stanko Špoljariæ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________