Vangel Naumovski


Vangel Naumovski, Pearls of Youth, 1973


Vangel Naumovski, Atlantis, 1977


Vangel Naumovski, Sunset Garden, 1968


Vangel Naumovski, Prohibited Thoughts, 1973


Vangel Naumovski, Playful Girls, 1975


Vangel Naumovski, Lake Bride, 1973


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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