Miodrag Djuric (Dado)

Born in 1933 - Yugoslavia


Miodrag ?uri? (1933–2010), known as Dado, was a Yugoslavian-born artist who spent most of his life and creative career in France. He is particularly known as a painter but was also active as an engraver, drawer, book illustrator and sculptor.

Painting and drawing
Dado's painting and drawing activities extended across almost six decades. His paintings are mainly oil painting on linen but he also used acrylic paint and wood or even metal plates as supports.

Though his creative world is highly recognizable, his style and painting technique evolved along the years. While painting, he conducted a permanent search for the essence of energy, progressively abandoning details and fine techniques in favour of more colourful and dynamic compositions.

An illustration of this evolution can be seen in large paintings such as Les Limbes or Le Massacre des Innocents (1958–1959), La Grande Ferme. Hommage à Bernard Réquichot (1962–1963), Le Diptyque d'Hérouval (1975–1976) and L'École de Prescillia (2001–2002), in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris.

From the 1990s, Dado also involved himself in several ambitious fresco projects. The four most noticeable achievements are a blockhaus in Fécamp (Normandy), the embassy of the IVth International in Montjavoult (near Hérouval), a set of frescoes in a former vine industry building in Domaine des Orpellières, Hérault and a Last Judgment frescoe in the former chapel of a leper colony in the town of Gisors, Eure.

Drawing had been present in Dado's creative means of expression since his beginnings. The artist initially used pencils and India ink. He also resorted to mixed techniques using gouache, pencils and India ink, realising impressive collages.

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1958: Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris
1960: Galerie Daniel Cordier, Frankfurt
1962: Galerie Daniel Cordier, New York
1967: Galerie André François Petit, Paris
1970: Retrospective exhibition, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris
1971: Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
1974: Aberbach Fine Arts Gallery, New-York
1980: Galerie Isy Brachot, Paris
1982: Atelier Lacourière-Frélaut, FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris
1984: Galerie Beaubourg, Paris
1987: Galleria Forni, Bologna, Italy
1990: Galerie Beaubourg, "Dado-Handel" exhibition, Paris
1995: Verica D&S art gallerie, Belgrade
2009: Palazzo Zorzi, Venice Art Biennale, Italy
2010: Shanghai World Exposition, Montenegro Pavilion, China
2011: Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
2012: Kunsthalle, "Dado, Danse macabre", Düsseldorf
2015: Retrospective exhibition "Dado, Horama", Abbey of Auberive, France

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