Nebojsa Zdravkovic was born
in Belgrade in 1959. From the age of 8 he attended a special
school for gifted children, where he learned to draw , paint,
and make small sculptures in terracotta and in ceramic. It
was on his 10th birthday on July 21st 1969, that the first
men stepped onto the surface of the moon. Three years later
the Apollo 11 crew visited Belgrade and Nebojsa's work was
selected to be given as a present to Neil Armstrong.
Armstrong and his "Thank you" letter, being a beautiful
reminder from that period. Another great influence in his
life was his grandmother, who was a talented artist in her
own right, even though she did not have an art education.
Today Nebojsa still possesses some of her small oils she painted
as a young student, and a beautiful copper lantern which he
uses regularly as a prop in his paintings. Whilst at school
he used to sing in operas in the Belgrade National Theater,
and as a child he was proud to sing the main role of the boy
Sam in Benjamin Britten’s opera “Little Sweep”.
Music is still an important and necessary passion in his life.
Nebojsa's education was competed at the Faculty of Fine Arts
at Belgrade University and he received his Masters Degree
in 1986. In 1991, he won a scholarship from the Spanish government
to study in Madrid. Later he spent alot of time in Greece
where his paintings became imbued with the colours of the
Mediterranean. He held his first solo exhibition in Athens
in 1989, and one of his paintings is in the collection of
the City Art Gallery, Athens.
Since his childhood, Nebojsa has sought to understand the
deepest secrets of tiny differences between nuances of colour.
His range of work includes nudes, portraits and landscapes.
He says he is "walking slowy through expressionistic
and impressionistic ways of using colours.