Vladimir Koljesar – the color spectrum wasn’t enough

Vladimir Koljesar (1931-1980) was a painter and ceramist from Kocur, Vojvodina. During his formative years he was restoring religious icons in Austria and designing pottery in Sweden, where he also found his signature style as a painter. His works were well-received by people and critics alike. When he returned home, he worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator.

In his compositions he relied on triangles and circles as his favorite forms, as well as expressive colors juxtaposed and mixed together in ways that often made him dissatisfied – he yearned for more. The detailed geometric figures were inspired by stone, which Koljesar saw as the oldest element surviving in the universe, as nearly eternal, and he wanted to transfer that quality into his works with colors. The sun, and for that matter, the circle turned into his most interesting and most exploited symbols. His sources of inspiration ranged from simple everyday impressions (flowers, lemons on the plate) to more innovative one, such as songs, or even microorganisms as seen under the microscope.

Koljesar painted on what he could afford, mostly using tempera or colored ink on paper or cardboard. Naturally, time is taking its toll on many of his pieces, yet the owners are doing the best they can to preserve as many as possible.