IIW welded art exhibition, 2021


Nenad Stojanovski was born on June 28th, 1966 in Belgrade (Serbia). In his twenties, he began to weld and even though life took him in another direction, he recently went back to it. He is passionate, dedicated and hardworking, but he believes that his biggest flaw is that he can sometimes be impulsive and stubborn. He always liked to paint, repair and work, but just in the last two years he has fully turned to creating art. He tries to spend most of his free time in nature, where he finds materials, and most importantly of all, his main source of inspiration. He doesn’t like moulds and templates, neither in an metaphorical or literal sense, which can be deduced by the fact that his welded art is based on feeling and impulse.

His current focus as an artist is on making large format animal sculptures, such as eagles, horses, bulls, and wolves as symbols of strength and power. As far as materials go, he uses wood, iron, flat bar, and 2.5 to 3.5 mm particle boards. He uses manual metal arc welding. Something which he found standing out in his work is combining wood and iron, as well as the rawness and realistic appearance of his sculptures. He believes his work speaks for itself.

Contact info E-mail: atelje.marika@gmail.com • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006296025952 • Instagram: @atelje.marika

Exhibit “’ODYSSEUS” This sculpture represents a life-size stallion. It was built out of 2,500 metal tiles, though the very shape of the tiles is unproportional and uneven. The size of the tiles range from 3x5-5x15 cm. Manual Metal Arc Welding was used. What is unique about the sculpture is the translated infatuation with horses as well as the darkness and the strength they carry. The sculpture was created during the COVID-19 Pandemic and the welding along with the dedication to the craft was an attempt to battle the difficult circumstances which we have found ourselves in and a reminder that we cannot and should not give up. Dimensions 3.0m long and 2.15m high Weight Approximately 200kg


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