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Misha Milovanovich

Zone 2

355 Kensington High Street, London, UK





Misha Milovanovich is a Belgrade-born artist living and working in London. The artist works across several mediums, from sculpture to painting and live art. Characterised by vivid colour, optical movement and energetic visual cadences, Misha's visual work fuses a diverse repertoire of images and forms. She often features discarded shards of consumerism - unloved icons of disposability and careless consumption.

Misha's work is often a symphonic abstraction. Her colourful, densely layered works are held in a state of tension between order and chaos, rational structure and spontaneity. She combines depth and surface relief, orchestrating bold contrasts of form, texture and space in her pictures. An intimate colour palette of bodily fluids - red, pink, white, black, yellow and brown - animate the writhing forms and the refracted memories of cartoonish cultural production.

A cultural polymath, Misha is constantly engaged in observing society and it’s distortions of desire, lust and attitudes to the body. Traditional techniques have been studied and absorbed and although her work is partly conceptual, it's execution always reflects these hard won technical abilities.

Characterised by a profusion of exuberant colours and shapes, energetic visual cadences, Misha blurs boundaries—between abstraction and figuration, painting and sculpture, flatness and dimensionality, formalism and conceptualism—demonstrating the richness of the middle ground between opposites.  

In her most recent work, Misha Milovanovich’s unique aesthetics absorbs network of influences with centres around primitive and mythology. These are anthropomorphic creations that exude warmth and humour and perform (nod/homagge) to Miro, Picasso, David Smith, Louise Bourgeois and Noguchi. Her work blends animal shapes and shapes of nature always giving it human quality, that of primeval man that still resides in the cerebellum part of our brain and is lost in the age of a post-truth world that finds itself digitally displaced. Her work relates to human condition and our connection with the natural world and ourselves, yet offers optimism in the face of contemporary absurdity. Everything connects to her biography - lived experiences, learned techniques, jokes, memories and eulogies.

24 June | 11-12pm

Join KCAW Director, Vestalia Chilton, in a forum with artists, Peter Morris and Misha Milovanovich, exploring themes and ideas around their installations, as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week 2023.

From 16 June to 30 August

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