“I want my sculptures fused with the sparks of life, poised at the last moment of balance.” Energetic figures, posed at the brink of balance, animate the mythological world of sculptor Boban. Athletes and angels, heroes and artists, musicians with violins or exotic horns are captured in metal at the most dynamic moment of their creative act. “I want to sculpt the highest moment - the moment when my figures reach to the sky like the spires of a cathedral. I want to express that electric impulse. I want my sculptures to be fused with the sparks of life, poised at the last moment of balance. My figures are leaders, winners in the human experience.” Boban, a native of Yugoslavia, was trained in art at the prestigious Belgrade Academy of Art before arriving in the United States in 1991, in search of artistic liberty and opportunity. Rigorous academic training in Belgrade, reinforced by the nurturing of master of art Nandor Glid, imbued Boban with the knowledge, truth, honesty and moral sustenance required to live the life of an artist. For Boban, the spoon has taken on a spiritual dimension, representing the nourishment of the human soul in its dynamic path towards personal fulfillment, power, creativity and success. Boban creates powerful maquettes by fusing, bending and shaping spoon elements in the welding process. With his fiery welding torch, the artist maneuvers the flow of molten energy into mythological metal human shapes, infusing warmth and dimension into cold metal. Boban’s sculptures grace major collections throughout the world. Hyatt Hotel owner, Jay Pritzker, film and musical star Tony Bennett, and notable figures in the world of sports are collectors and have often become Boban’s personal friends. Monumental versions of Boban’s works include the “Shaka Zulu” in Chicago and the sculpture of “Pegasus" in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Commissions for McDonalds are displayed at their corporate headquarters and a Boban sculpture commissioned by Exxon-Mobil is part of their private collection in Texas. Internationally and nationally lauded, Boban received the Award of Excellence at the Port Clinton Art Festival and has made appearances on “Good Morning America,” “Wild Chicago” and “Starting Over," garnering the artist major public acclaim and accolades.
Permanent Displays Boban’s sculptures are included in many permanent collections and displays including: The private collections of singer Tony Bennett and Hyatt Hotel owner Jay Pritzker. MG Gallery and the Francis Reilley Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Monument of Shaka Zulu figure for Oak Park Community in Chicago, Illinois. Scupture of Pegasus displayed outside in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Complete Interior Design and Art at Palette's Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. McDonald's Corporation's permanent collection. Sculptures on display outside Exxon-Mobil Oil Corporation headquarters in Texas. Exhibitions Hundreds of one-man shows - 1985 - Present Premiere Gallery and Alexandros Foundation - 2003 Lincoln Park Art initiative - Chicago, Illinois - 2003 International ArtExpo - New York, New York - 2003 Makati Shangri-La - Grand Art Gallery - Philippines - 2002 Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale - Sapporo, Japan - 2001 Chicago Art and Design Show - Chicago, Illinois - 1998 - 1999 Annual Port Clinton Art Festival - highland Park, Illinois - 1996 - 2000 Annual old Orchard Art festival - Skokie, Illinois - 1992 - 1999 Various European gallery exhibitions - 1986 - 1990 Awards First Place - Lincoln Park Art Initiative 2003 Best of Show - Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale 2001 Award of Excellency - Port Clinton Art Festival 1998 First Place for sculptural design - North Shore Art League 1992 Art Education Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Yugoslavia - five year sculpturing program Under professor Nandor Gild, graduating in 1988. Born in Yugoslavia Boban graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Completing their five year program on sculpting with professor Nandor Gild graduating in 1988. In 1991 Boban immigrated to the United States in search of artistic liberty and opportunity. Media Exposure "Wild Chicago" - WTTW channel 11 - Chicago, Illinois. "What's Working?" - program about Boban's art - WTTW channel 11 - Chicago, Illinois. "Good Morning America" on national television. "Starting Over" national television program on NBC.
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