Nebojša Despotović was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1982 and now lives and works in Berlin.
In 2006 he obtained a bachelor degree in painting at Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice. In 2011 he won the residence at the Bevilacqua La Masa Italian Foundation. In 2012 he won the Euromobil Under 30 Prize at Art Fair in Bologna and the Mango Young Artist Award of Swab in Barcelona Fair. In 2013 he won the Collectors for Celeste prize for the Raw Zone, experimental area of ArtVerona Fair and in 2015 he won the Premio speciale-Art Prize in ArteFiera Bologna 2015.
Nebojša Despotović thoroughly exploits the collective iconograhic heritage recycling old photographs and images, newspapers, books, handbooks and magazines, which are the starting point for the artist to create his pantings.
Despotović’s research, which pays particular attention to the definition and representation of the concept of identity, only apparently saves these images from the oblivion of time: covered and altered with painting they acquire an indefinite and outdated character which takes them back to a remote past. In his portraits and paintings – characterized by gloomy colours and thick brush strokes – the protagonists’ features, as well as the details of the landscapes and of the scenaries, are just hinted at.
The attention is not focused on the detail but on the evoked atmospheres recalling ages, lives, stories and events which do not exist anymore and of which the viewer can perceive the distance.