Vladimir Veličković was born in Belgrade (Serbia), in 1935. After graduation from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade in 1960, he turned to painting. In 1963, he held his first solo exhibition. He was awarded at the Biennial of Paris in 1965, where he lives and works today. After his exhibition in 1967 at the Dragon Gallery in Paris, he became famous to a wider audience and soon appeared as one of the most important artists in the field of Figuration Narrative Movement.
Veličković was appointed professor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1983 and he taught there for the next 18 years. In 1985 he was elected as a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was honoured with the highest French award in the field of culture and art, Commandeur dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His paintings were exhibited in many countries in Europe and America since 1951. Since December 7, 2005 he is member of Académie des beaux-arts, section I, seat #7.
(photo : Velickovic in his workshop with Francis Bacon on his left)
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