Drasko Boljevic

Drasko Boljevic began his career in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Academy of Fine Art. Since his arrival in Australia in the early 1990s, he has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Sculpture (1997) through the Victorian College of the Arts, a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Painting) in 2011 and a Master in Contemporary Art (2012).

Boljevic’s artistic involvement expanded to the co-ownership of Azibi Gallery, St Kilda, an art space for non-established artists (1997-2001). Boljevic’s exhibition history includes two solo shows of painting and sculptures at Brightspace Gallery (2008) and Gasworks Arts Park (2011). In 2009 he was finalist of the prestigious Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has also been selected for the Off the Wall show at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2010.

Boljevic has received the Mayor’s Award in the Art Town competition from Stonnington Council in 2012, and the friends of the VCA and the NAVA awards for outstanding practice (2012).

Innovators 3 at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, depicted the “middle place between leaving and arriving, long lost memories (real or imagined), and recently acquired ones.” Some of these works were exhibited in 2015 as projections for the St Kilda Short Film Festival, the Flinders Lane Gallery show Exploration15; Gertrude Street Side Projection Festival and 2015 Acland St Projection Festival. His installation Collaging Realities was shown at White Night Melbourne 2016 and Message from Mars (installation and film projection) was shown at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre the same year.

In 2017 he was invited to participate in the Benalla Wall to Wall Festival. At the heart of Boljevic’s work is the quest to contemplate what, exactly, is reality.