Stipan Tadic

New York, NY

Personal subjects and an awareness of the subjective limits of my experience forms the conceptual base of my work. It is grounded in a daily ritual of studio work and a consistent practice in image-making. I tend to change styles, making the motif dictate the referential material and approach it is painted in. A humorous simplicity runs through my work combined with an urge to create relationships between two seemingly unrelated cases.

My passion for Art History has been longstanding, especially Northern Renaissance painting, and thus my aesthetic choices come from referencing this period and its legacy. Working with realism (also in a broader sense), I aim for familiarity of our cultural visual language in a multilayered way. This helps me to form a connection with a viewer who may not necessarily have an artistic or scholarly background nor informed by discourse. This impulse may be accounted for by my own experience as someone who is the first in my family to pursue higher education. In light of this,  I have always felt the need to bridge my working-class background with my experience in the arts and with institutions.

Stipan Tadić (born 1986, Zagreb, Croatia), earned an MA in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (2011) and an MFA from Columbia University (2020). His first solo exhibition was in Zagreb in 2009 and since then he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work was recently included in Alone Together, a group show that featured work by twenty-three members of the celebrated Columbia University MFA Class of 2020.

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