contemporary art

Djordje Ozbolt

Serbia 1967

Sculpture, Painting

Djordje Ozbolt
Djordje Ozbolt
March 1, 2017

Djordje Ozbolt is a Serbian artist, currently based in London, known for historical and figurative elements in his paintings. The eclectic style seen in his work is a consequence of artist’s reckless nature and the fact that Djordje gets ideas from various, usually mutual incompatible sources. His creations represent a mix of traditional European genres like portraiture, landscape and still life, with African, Asian, Orthodox Christianity and stereotype culture. Traveling has a very important place in both personal and professional life of this painter. Without any plans and sketches, Ozbolt lets his paintings and imagination to lead him through the process of creation.

Djordje Ozbolt - hauser Wirth contact acrylic gallery in 2013, 2015, 2017
Djordje Ozbolt – Concrete Garden Gnomes, installation view, 2016 – Photo by Jamie Woodley, via

Big Decisions in Ozbolt’s Life

Djordje Ozbolt was born in Belgrade in 1967. From an early age, the artist got interested into art, either by reading books or by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade. He used to draw a lot when he was young and still keeps a bunch of old works from Serbia and from London. As he is coming from a family of architects, he has decided to study architecture, out of laziness. In 1991, during the visit to his brother in London, he realized that he wants to study art. The beginning of the war in ex-Yugoslavia and the variety of styles that he saw in the artworks of the Young British Artists helped Djordje to make a life-changing decision. He studied at the Chelsea School of Art, and got his BA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and MA in painting at the Royal Academy, in 2006.

As he is coming from a family of architects, he has decided to study architecture, out of laziness

Djordje Ozbolt - hauser wirth acrylic gallery 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017
Djordje Ozbolt – The Grand Detour, installation view, Holburne Museum, Bath, 2016 – Photo via

Djordje’s Style and Inspiration

Djordje’s paintings, sculptures, installations, and drawings are sometimes viewed as the picturesque satire of Western culture that goes deep into observer’s subconscious and reappears every now and then. The abstract narrative seen in some of his pieces is the ongoing momentum of sculptor’s imagination and inspiration, influenced by new cultures, education, and experience. Author’s opinion on the social and political situation is conveyed to his paintings in a humorous and sarcastic way, by adding Big Mac, lobster, dead birds, pig’s head, and other untypical things, with an aim to create Ozbolt’s personal aesthetic language. Exquisite technique and brushwork leave a sense of several art trends such as cubism, realism, surrealism, and primitive art. Experimental images consist of both dark and heavy colors, as well as vivid and bright shades.

The abstract narrative seen in some of his pieces is the ongoing momentum of sculptor’s imagination and inspiration

Djordje Ozbolt grand acrylic hauser wirth 2010, 2014
Djordje Ozbolt – Lost in Translation, installation view, 2014 – Photo via

Traveling as Inspiration

Seeing different places, cultures and traditions have left a significant mark on Djordje, in the terms of his artistic works. Traveling and visiting numerous countries like India and Japan enriched his perception of art, and allowed him to incorporate a wide range of influences in his world of paint and acrylics. Ozbolt’s paintings have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions in many galleries and museums, such as the White Columns in New York, the Tate Britain, London in 2006, the Holburne Museum, Bath in 2016, and in 2012 the National Museum of Art, Osaka. In 2017 he had a solo exhibition at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Djordje Ozbolt lives and works in London, UK.

Featured image: Djordje Ozbolt – In New York, 2015 – Photo by Frank Sun, via
All other images used for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2017Brave New WorldHauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, UKSolo
201730th Anniversary Exhibition. Attics of My LifeJack Hanley Gallery, New York NYGroup
2016The Grand DetourThe Holburne Museum, Bath, UKSolo
2016Mars in CapricornHerald St, London, UKSolo
2015More paintings about poets and foodHauser & Wirth, New YorkSolo
2015FobofiliaFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, ITGroup
2015UnrealismMoore Building, Miami FLGroup
2014Mens sana in corpore sanoHerald St., London, EnglandSolo
2014Live and Let DieModern Art, London, EnglandGroup
2014Djordje OzboltTaro Nasu, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2013Who Say Jah No DreadHauser & Wirth, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2013Beasts of England, Beasts of IrelandVisual Carlow, Carlow, IrelandGroup
2013UndeREALismeÀ cent mètres du centre du monde, Perpignan, FranceGroup
2012Djordje OzboltTaro Nasu, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2012The Allure of the CollectionThe National Museum of Art, Osaka, JapanGroup
2012Under realismGallery Magda Danysz with Centre culturel de Serbie Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Figure StudiesContemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis MOGroup
2011Djordje OzboltHerald St., London, EnglandSolo
2011Djordje OzboltGalerie Rudiger Schottle, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Djordje Ozbolt303 Gallery, New York NYSolo
2010Tell them I said something...Hauser & Wirth, ZurichSolo
2010Djordje Ozbolt and Albuquerque MendesThe Mews, London, EnglandGroup
2010The Library of Babel - In and Out of Place176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, EnglandGroup
20095000 Years of Modern Art ¬ Painting, Smoking, EatingVilla Merkel, EsslingenGroup
2009Djordje OzboltTaro Nasu, Tokyo, JapanSolo
2009Djordje OzboltHerald St., London, EnglandSolo
2009DirectionsA Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, ItalyGroup
2008Djordje Ozbolt303 Gallery, New York NYSolo
2008Djordje OzboltNyehaus, New York NYSolo
2008Peter Coffin & Djordje OzboltHerald Street, LondonGroup
2008Old SchoolZwirmer&Wirth, New YorkGroup
2008Salon NouveauEngholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2007Meetings with Remarkable MenJack Hanley, San Francisco CAGroup
2007Prague BiennalePrague, Czech RepublicGroup
2007Old SchoolHauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, EnglandGroup
2007Salon NouveauEngholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2007Djordje OzboltTaro Nasu Gallery Tokyo, JapanSolo
2006The Wanderings of a Pilgrim in Search of the PicturesqueHerald St, LondonSolo
2006A Broken Arm303 gallery, NYC, USAGroup
2006I Love My Country but I think we Should start Seeing other PeopleJack Hanley, San FranciscoGroup
2006Group showGalerie Rudiger Schottle, MunichGroup
2006Tate TriennialTate Britain, London, EnglandGroup
2006TimesharingGalerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, FranceGroup
2006Djordje OzboltMonica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
2006Djordje OzboltHerald Street, London, EnglandSolo
2005New PaintingsIBID Project, Vilnius, LithuaniaSolo
2005London in ZurichHauser & Wirth, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Liste 05Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Herald Street & The Modern Institute PresentGBE, New York, USAGroup
2005Other Peoples ProjectsWhite Columns, New York, USAGroup
2004Zoo Art FairMillers Terrace Stand, London, EnglandGroup
2004EsoterickIBID Project, London, EnglandGroup
2002GatsbyNew Lansdowne Club, London, EnglandGroup
2001Atelier SomethingSpringfield House, London, EnglandGroup
1999Group showBBC Broadcasting House, London, EnglandGroup
1998Honesty is the best policyThe A Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
1998Slade ShowJ Walter Thomson, London, EnglandGroup
1997Suspect StrategiesPearson Gallery UCL, London, EnglandGroup