Davor Smoljan

Davor Smoljan is an artist whose work explores themes of our individual and collective place in the world, based on mankind's cultural and sociological heritage and its influence throughout time. Through his artworks, he creates a visual storytelling in which he strives for contextual relevance by painting large-scale, highly realistic imagery in a surrealistic setting. Therein, he aims to expose the duality between the rapidly changing, and at times, destructive way of life today, while emphasizing the necessity for addressing its very origins.

As an artist, his multi-disciplinary approach towards his work allows him to explore each and every concept to its fullest potential during which he always aims to combine an initial idea with the process itself. The raw and spontaneous elements -both literally and figuratively- often play an intricate part in his creations and within these depictions, his work conveys a message of his fascination with the transcience of all things in life.

Davor's studio and gallery work therefore usually consists of a multi facetted presentation of artworks varying in mediums from raw and authentic materials to large scale oil paintings on canvas, while his murals and street work is fully created with spraypaint.

FIND, BUILD, PAINT & CREATE have become words for Davor as an artist to live by, in which either one or simply all of the aspects of this particular process combined, contribute to the end result.

Davor Smoljan was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1981) and has been living in The Netherlands since 1993, fleeing the turmoil of the civil war with his parents and his sister. He currently resides here with his wife and daughter and works from his home studio.