Svetomir Arsić Basara

Serbian sculptor and writer, Svetomir Arsić (15. May 1928 – ) was born in the village of Sevce and finished his secondary school education in NIš in 1953. In 1958, he graduated from the Academy af Applied Arts in Belgrade, under Rade Stanković. Arsić was a member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo, and was widely known in Yugoslavia for his war monuments. In 1968, he became the only artist from Kosovo to receive the national AVNOJ award. He is now a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

SVETOMIR ARSIĆ BASARA belongs to a circle of creators who has found the strength for exitence of deep layers of own creativity ( in which, in metaphysical chaos, touching what is in the time with something that is in the being) in the native ground of Kosovo land, within himself, ancestors, in primordial beauty, drama and tragedy and his homeland and people.

The need to enter deeply at the bottom of a land – towards himself and his own origins – came so naturally in Basara, as a result of time in which we all are living. The modern era, refracted through the prism of Balkan unrests has brought a dramatic confrontation of a creator with losses of a faith in the world where he belongs and his power to overcome evil, to surmount European disasters and dilemmas, fear of the end of the world and the wasteland of the civilization… Read more