On this Day: September 15, 1942 | Birthday of Ksenia Milicevic

15 September 1942: Birthday of Ksenia Milicevic, French painter and architect (Source)

The French painter Ksenia Milicevic in 1996 – photo by Jean-Claude Barousse (Source)

Ksenia Milicevic (born September 15, 1942) is a French painter, architect and town planner. She is based in Paris, with a studio in Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre and also maintains a base in South West France.


Life

Ksenia Milicevic was born in 1942 in Drinici,[1] Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her mother was born in Lackawanna, New York and her father in Montenegro. Both were partisans engaged in guerrilla campaigns during the Second World War.[2] Following the Fourth anti-Partisan Offensive from January to April 1943 and the Fifth, May to June 1943, in south-eastern Bosnia and northern Montenegro, she was left with her grandparents in Montenegro. After the war, her parents joined the diplomatic service and she lived with them in Sofia and Prague.

Ksenia Milicevic discovered architecture, mosaics, frescoes and paintings in old monasteries. Her father, also a painter, gave her the gift of his oil-paints, resulting in her first oil painting at the age of fifteen. After studies in the V° Senior High School and one year in the University of Engineering in Belgrade, she moved to Algiers in 1962. There she studied architecture in the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the Institute of Urbanism. She graduated from both in 1968. In her spare time Milicevic joined the painting class of the painter M’hamed Issiakhem, in the School of Fine Arts, located in the same building. She worked for a year in ECOTEC with the team of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Interested in the Italian Renaissance, she traveled to Italy in 1965 to view the great Masters.

Milicevic moved to S.M. de Tucuman[3] in the north of Argentina to work as an architect. Here she joined the art school of the National University and graduated in 1976.[4] Her first exhibition took place in Tucuman in 1970.[5]

She has also lived in Spain and Mexico and has settled in France[6] since 1987. In 1989 she opened a workshop at Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre. Her studio is next to that of Endre Rozsda. Since 1976 she has been exclusively dedicated to painting.[7] She has held 120 individual and collective exhibitions throughout the world.

In 2011 the Museum of Painting of St. Frajou, Haute Garonne, France, was inaugurated[8] with a selection of thirty paintings by Milicevic in the permanent collection.[9] In 2012 Ksenia Milicevic created the International Children’s Painting Biennial.[10] In 2014 Ksenia Milicevic created the Art Resilience movement[11] and in 2015 International Exhibition Art Resilience.[12] In May 2016 Ksenia Milicevic participates in the Euro-Mediterranean Congress – Marseilles: Resilience in the World of the Living, under the presidency of Boris Cyrulnik, 19–21 May 2016, Intervention on resilience in art. (Source)

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