Josip Mijić

Josip Mijić

Josip Mijic, academic painter and master of arts, was born on April 11, 1975 in Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He enrolled at the Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy in 1997, and graduated there in the class of prof. Anto Kajinic in 2002. He completed his postgraduate studies in painting at the same Academy under the mentorship of prof. Anto Kajinic in 2005. He has been teaching Theory of space and Computer graphics at the Academy since 2003. In 2005, he was named webmaster of the Academy’s web site. He’s also a member of the editor board of the Academy’s magazine Academia.

Website: www.josipmijic.com

Workshops
– Preventive protection in museums (National Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008)
– Collection protection and care (Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008)

Memberships
– Croatian Association of Artists-Split(HULU, Split, Croatia)
– Croatian Association of Artists- Zagreb (HDLU, Zagreb. Croatia)
– Bosnia and Herzegovina Association of Visual Artists(ULUBIH, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
– Lasva Valley Association of Visual Artists (ULSLD, Novi Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Solo Exhibitions
– St Andrew and St Peter the Elder’s Church, Zadar, Croatia, 1997
– Hea Gallery, Zadar, Croatia, 1999
– Novi Hram Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004
– Diocletian’s basements, Split, Croatia, 2005
– Franciscan Gallery, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007,2008
– Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain, 2008
– Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008, 2009
– Milesi Palace, Split, Croatia, 2009
– Aluminij Gallery, Mostar, Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010, 2011
– Virus Gallery, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011(with Aleksandar Markovic)
– Kristian Krekovic Gallery, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011 (with Silva Radic Markotic)

Group Exhibitions
– St Andrew and St Peter the Elder’s Church, Zadar, Croatia, 1996
– Croatian Center art gallery, Lasva Valley Association of Visual Artists, Novi Travnik,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1997
– Simicevi susreti Festival, Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy exhibition, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2000
– Vinkovci City Museum, Gallery Section, Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy exhibition, Vinkovci, Croatia, 2001
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2001
– Fra Didak Buntic Gallery, U3D, Citluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002
– Trebizat Church, Stained glass windows, Trebizat, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002
– Franciscan Gallery, Graduate Exhibition, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002
– The Polytechnic of Dubrovnik, fine arts colony exhibition, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2002
– Franciscan Gallery, Via Crucis, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004
– Matica Hrvatska Club Gallery, Citluk, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christmas 2004
– Zenica City Museum Art Gallery,  „Landscapes“, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004
– Mimara Museum, „Passionic motifs“, 3rd Passionic heritage competitive exhibition, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005
– Franciscan Gallery, „Landscapes“, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005
– Autokuca  Jelic car salon, „Landscapes“, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005
– Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, „Halo Bing, kako brat?“, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005
– Simic Brothers Elementary School, Simicevi susreti Festival, students & assistants exhibition of the Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy, Drinovci, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005
– Franciscan Gallery, „Ars Sacra“ postgraduate exhibition, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005
– Hotel „Ero“, „Hercegovina Posavini“ benefit auction, Mostar,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2006
– Dubrovnik University, „Dubrovnik and the sea “ art colony exhibition, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2006
– Klovicevi Dvori Gallery, Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy exhibition 1996-2006, Zagreb, Croatia, 2006
– Slavko Kopac Fine Art Gallery, Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy exhibition 1996-2006, Vinkovci, Croatia, 2007
– Our Lady of Health Monastery gallery, Siroki Brijeg Fine Arts Academy exhibition 1996-2006, Split, Croatia, 2007
– Old rectory, „Love is generous“, Gorica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007
– Taller Galeria Fort, 27th  Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, 2007
– Farleys Yard Trust, 27th  Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Chiddingly, England, 2007
– Vuckovic family garden, “The Private And the Public”, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007
– Franciscan Gallery, „Essence of Life-Essence of Art“, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007
– Zvonimir Gallery, „En Face“, Zagreb, Croatia, 2007
– Roman Petrovic Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina, 2007
– Fundacio Tharrats d’Art Grafic, 27th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Pineda del Mar, Spain, 2007
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery, „Art Against Poverty“, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Croatian Center Herceg Stjepan Kosaca, „En Face“, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Franciscan Gallery, „En Face“, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Mimara Museum, 4th triennial competitive exhibition „Croatian Artists And the Passion of Christ“, Zagreb, Croatia, 2008
– Salt Works Ston Exhibition Space, art colony exhibition, Ston, Croatia, 2008
– Vuckovic family garden, “The Private And the Public”, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Mostar Culture Center, 11th annual drawing exhibition „Drawing Annale Mostar“, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Don Ivan Turic’s Court, „En Face“, Imotski, Croatia, 2008
– Simic Brothers Elementary School, „Hommage to Simic“ (En Face), Drinovci, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Queen Catherine Kosaca Art Gallery(Croatian Center Herceg Stjepan Kosaca), „You Can’t Put a Price Tag On Freedom“(Vladimir Santic benefit), Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Timisoara Art Museum, International Mini-Print Biennial, Timisoara, Romania, 2008
– Slavko Kopac Fine Art Gallery, „Ars Sacra“, Vinkovci, Croatia, 2008
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery, ULUBiH Revue Exhibition, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Idealni Grad Gallery, „The Light Of Christmas“(Christmas in the works of Croatian visual artists), Zagreb, Croatia, 2008
– Roman Petrovic Gallery, „Small size“, ULUBiH, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008
– Gorazde City Gallery, „Small size“ (ULUBiH), Gorazde, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Abandoned Bekija space, „En Face- Ecology“, Grude, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Ministry Of Physical Planning/West Herzegovinian Canton building, „En Face- Ecology“, Posusje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Likum Gallery, „Small Size“ (ULUBiH), Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– City Gallery, „Small Size“ (ULUBiH), Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Zenica City Museum, „Small Size“ (ULUBiH),  Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Old Tobacco Station Warehouse, „En Face – Ecology“, Ljubuski, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Lasva Valley Association of Visual Artists, „Art For Man“ humanitarian benefit, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– HDLU Center, Graphic Arts Cabinet, Graphic Arts Cabinet Studio, 5th Croatian Graphic Arts Triennial, Zagreb, Croatia, 2009
– Franciscan Monastery, „To Sutjeska With Love“ auction, Kraljeva Sutjeska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– GKS Gallery, „Prints-Impressions, 100 Graphic Artists from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzgovina“, Metkovic, Croatia, 2009
– Queen Catherine Kosaca Art Gallery, Fall Art Salon, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Old Chapel,  „With all our heart and soul for little Ante“, Sovici-Gorica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009
– Mimara Museum, „The Light Of Christmas“(Christmas in the works of Croatian visual artists), Zagreb, Croatia, 2009
– Old City Hall, „Prints-Impressions, 100 Graphic Artists from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzgovina“, Split, Croatia, 2010
– Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, „Objectively“, first photo exhibition, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Banski Dvori Cultural Center Grand Salon, „Minimum-maximum of two religions“, international miniature exhibition, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Aluminij Gallery, „Fire“, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery, annual exhibition, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Charlama Depot Gallery, „Potential“(within the SubDocumenta project), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Belgrade Cultural Center, „Objectively“, first photo exhibition,  Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
– Queen Catherine Kosaca Art Gallery, „What’s the point?“, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Taller Galeria Fort, 30th  Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, 2010
– Wingfield Barns Arts Centre, 30 Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Wingfield, England, 2010
– Kristian Krekovic Gallery, „What’s the point?“, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Skopje City Museum, „Fire“, Skopje, Macedonia, 2010
– Student Cultural Center Belgrade, „Minimum-maximum of two religions“ second internationa exhibition, Belgrade, Serbia, 2010
– Fundacio Tharrats d’Art Grafic, 30th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Pineda del Mar, Spain, 2010
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery, annual exhibition, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– L’ Etangd’ Art, 30th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Bages, France, 2010
– HKD Napredak building, humanitarian exhibition of the artist association „Ars_Nova“, Mostar, 2010
– Roman Petrovic Gallery, „Small size“, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2010
– Old City Hall, First international nativity scene exhibition „Emanuel“, Split, Croatia, 2010/2011
– Likum Gallery, „Small Size“(ULUBiH), Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
– Zenica Contemporary Art Museum, „Small Size“(ULUBiH), Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
– Culture & Education Center, „Small Size“(ULUBiH), Tesanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
– Franciscan Gallery, Siroki Brijeg Fine Art Academy Professors exhibition, Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
– Student Cultural Center Belgrade, „Small Size“(ULUBiH), Belgrade, Serbia, 2011
– Collegium Artisticum Gallery,  „Prints-Impressions, 100 Graphic Artists from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzgovina“, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011
– Taller Galeria Fort, 31st  Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain, 2011
– Wingfield Barns Arts Centre, 30 Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Wingfield, England, 2011
– L’ Etangd’ Art, 31st Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Bages, France, 2010

Public works:
– Trebizat Church, stained glass windows(220 x 80 cm; 220 x 80 cm), Trebizat, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2002
– Church of Our Lord’s Annunciation of the Sisters of St Francis, Via Crucis(X., XI., XII.), Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2004
– St Elias Church, six stained glass windows(103×103 cm), Masna Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009

Awards:
– Mimara Museum, „Passionic Motifs“ exhibition,  second place, Zagreb, Croatia, 2005
– 27th  Mini Print International of Cadaqués, first prize, Barcelona, Spain, 2007
– 6th International Biennial of Miniature Art of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Award for Painting, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011

Art Colonies:
– Dubrovnik-the sea, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2002
– Lower Lastva-Upper Lastva, Montenegro, 2004
– Mali Ston, Croatia, 2005
– Mali Ston, Croatia, 2006
– Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2006
– Mali Ston, Croatia, 2007
– Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2007
– Salt Works Ston, Ston, Croatia, 2009
– XI. International Art Colony „Breske“, Breske(Tuzla), Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011

 

Josip Mijić has made an effort to create a monumental piece of work, by the means of combined technique in three different settings that constitute a whole. The presented work is a continuation of his Life in a Box series. There are three-dimensional elements built in, which in the end creates an impression of a relief. The work constitutes of a gold-leaf-covered background with three-dimensional dark cube-shaped elements as the first plane. In front of it,. There’s a suspended, excluded box, a black cube. The thematic frame is within the name. „Life in a box“ can be understood as a dependant relationship to one’s parents, isolation of the individual within a pack, or pressure by inflicted obligations; violent pushing into ethnic or religious categories.  Tha artist talks about the social situation, he describes it, evaluating the „boxing“ of the way of life and the approach to it: a box-school, a box-TV,a box-flat, ending with a box-coffin. Here, being different is also under scrutiny. Placing into boxes, drawers and folders is the usual way of keeping things in order. The box hanging in front of the whole disturbs the order. Like a nomad, a virus that destroys the system. It needs to be eliminated.

We are exposed to an association of  big suburban areas, like honeycombs inhabited by people devoid of identity.  In the beginnings of industry, capital lures the population into towns. Soon, the capital is exposed as inhumane and opportunistic.  The only thing left to do for the players is selling the work force. Today, the deluded, uncontrollable capital is tearing itself apart, and offering the very same thing it did at its very beginnings: a lousy paycheck, no social rights, no right to complain, or to express one’s opinion.  Mijic confronts the darkness of mud and dirt to shining surfaces of gold. Just like we have polluted nature, we have done the same with our communication. These boxes are not populated; the main role belongs to the viewer.