Vangel Naumovski

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Vangel Naumovski, Pearls of Youth, 1973

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Vangel Naumovski, Atlantis, 1977

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Vangel Naumovski, Sunset Garden, 1968

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Vangel Naumovski, Prohibited Thoughts, 1973

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Vangel Naumovski, Playful Girls, 1975

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Vangel Naumovski, Lake Bride, 1973

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Vangel Naumovski, Spiral Galaxy, 1981

Vangel Naumovski was born in 1924 in the Macedonian city of Ohrid (then part of Yugoslavia). He was interested in art at a young age, but this lead nowhere as he left school after third grade and worked a series of odd jobs — gardener, farmer, butcher. After a stint in the army, he enrolled in art school in Skopje in 1946, lasting a year. He then worked in a woodcarving shop in Ohrid for thirteen years. During this time he was painting, initially in a folk myth style which lead to him being considered a Naive artist.

In the early 60s his painting morphed into the gooey surrealism seen here. He first exhibited in Yugoslavia in the 50s, and later had one-man shows in Rome, London, Paris, and Toronto. At some point he started a gallery in his home in Ohrid (still open?). He died in 2006.

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