Ilija Šoškić


Ilija Šoškić (Dečani, 1935) is a member of the first generation of Yugoslav artists who worked in the spirit of the new artistic practices. 

He attended the art school in Herceg Novi and Peć, the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and the Accademia du belle arti in Bologna. From 1969 he lived in Italy, first Bologna and Rome until today. He gained world attention through his cooperation with the legendary L’Attico Gallery in Rome where he exibited together with J. Kounellis, M. Pistoletto, L. Ontani, and others very selected artists from xx century. Famous critics, poets and philosophers, such as Emilio Villa, Mario Diacono, Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Simonetta Lux, have written about him. He exhibited at the most important international art manifestations Trigon Graz (1973), April Meetings Belgrade (1973, 1974, 1975), Venice Art Biennials (1976, 2011), Venice Cinema Biennial (2002), Performa New York (2015), etc. He has lectured at the most eminet European art academies, like Düsseldorf, Rome, Milan, Venice, etc. 

Ilija Šoškić’s artistic practice spans more than five decades and his work encompasses action, performance, tableau-vivant, guerilla art, the art of behaviour, cultural and political mythology, matematics and the metaphysics of nature.