Pedja Djaković

Pedja Djaković

When creating, Pedja Djaković follows his life credo: Art, Jazz, Love. The essence of his emotionally charged and higly passionate art oscillates between neo-cubism, poetic expressionism and jazz music's free improvisation. He combines traditional symbolism of colours and shapes with direct observation of reality tempered by his vital nature. Taking inspiration from Cézanne, Chagall, early Picasso and first of all Toulouse-Lautrec, whom he highly admires, his peculiar figural motifs give life to images with unusually musical and spiritual atmosphere, inspired by actual historical, biblical or literary events.

[…] Pedja Djakovic is a prizewinning painter who has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Boston, Munich, London and Amsterdam; several times in his native Yugoslavia; and many times in his adopted hometown of Prague, where he has lived 19 years and took Czech citizenship in 1999. […] Pedja spent the first three years of his life in the small town of Derventa. But then his wise priestly grandfather came to his parents and said: Listen, the war that’s coming will be fought right here, so get out. […]

His maternal grandfather possessed a huge volume of Marc Chagall reproductions. The first time I saw Chagall, Pedja recalls, I was absolutely shocked by the colors. But then I saw they were the colors of the village we’d left behind — as I remembered them. Later we took a trip to Paris, and I discovered Picasso — the early Picasso at the turn of the 20th century, his ‘blue’ and ‘rose’ periods before Cubism entered his life. While Chagall is the first painter who comes to the mind’s eye when viewing Djakovic, there is Cubism, too, influenced as much by Prague as by Picasso. Cezanne entered the picture when the boy was 7. A Czech art critic, Miroslav Klivar, has written that Djakovic’s principal point of departure for his ideas was Cezanne. He wants to express himself only by means of color; the drawing is wholly in its service. He models by means of color and illuminates with a painterly light that differs from natural light. As with Cezanne, when color achieves diversity, form attains fullness. […]

When Pedja came to Prague in 1984 to study painting, he was shocked by all the art around me. And all that jazz. This is a city of music. Under communism, you couldn’t speak, but you could get away with jazz because there was no text, just subtext. And it’s a city of love. Very rarely have I loved somebody the way I fell in love with this city. The whole place is a playground for lovers. If you combine those three — Art, Jazz, Love — you get bursts of color, explosions of passion.[…]

Of all his icons, the one Djakovic looks up to most is a 150-centimeter (4-foot 11-inch) dwarf, Henri-Marie-Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), who Pedja says was the first and only artist ever hung in the Louvre in his lifetime. To which Pedja Djakovic, a big man who Thinks Big, adds: I want to be the second. (Alan Levy, The Prague Post, September 25, 2003)

Pedja Djaković was born in Derventa, Yugoslavia. After completing his secondary studies in Belgrade, he came to Prague where he was admitted to the Academy of Fine Art. He lives and works in Prague.


Solo exhibitions

2015 • Royal Ahrend, London, UK

2015 • Old Town Gallery,Kotor, Montenegro

2014 • Pavilon Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2014 • Veternik, Novi Sad, Serbia

2011 • Dea Arh Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

2011 • National Theathre Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2010 • Gallery ČEZ, Prague, Czech Republic

2009 • Gallery Progres, Belgrade, Serbia

2008 • Gallery La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic

2006 • Gallery La Femme, Prague, Czech Republic

2004 • National Museum of Agriculture, Prague, Czech Republic

2003 • Česká spořitelna, Prague, Czech Republic

2002 • Praha City Center, Prague, Czech Republic

2000 • Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1999 • Credit Lyonnais Bank, Prague, Czech Republic

1999 • Reygers Gallery, Munich, Germany

1998 • Daniel Katz Gallery, London, UK

1998 • Susanna Allen Fine Art Gallery, London, UK

1997 • Palace on Loretánské náměstí 3, Prague, Czech Republic

1996 • Legendary Café Slavia, Prague, Czech Republic

1995 • American Chamber of Commerce, Prague, Czech Republic

1994 • ABN – Amro Bank, Prague, Czech Republic

1992 • Galerie Interart, Munich, Germany

1991 • Press Jazz Club, Prague, Czech Republic

1991 • Cultural Center Gallery, Sremski Karlovci, Yugoslavia

1991 • Henry Seggerman’s House, Connecticut,USA

1991 • BKH Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1991 • Shawn’s Gallery, Boston, USA

1990 • Bishop’s Palace, Sremski Karlovci, Yugoslavia

1990 • Jazz Club Reduta, Prague, Czech Republic



Czech Republic