The naive painters of Kovačica


Kovačica (Serbian village) is said to be a place where fairy tales are painted

Ναΐφ τέχνη (Naïve art, ή Toddler art) είναι μία κατηγορία τέχνης που χαρακτηρίζεται από μια παιδικού τύπου απλοϊκότητα, τόσο στην ύλη και το περιεχόμενο όσο και στην τεχνική. Η λέξη Ναΐφ είναι διεθνής πλέον, αλλά προέρχεται από την Γαλλική naive που σημαίνει αφελής. Όμως το δεδομένο ότι υπάρχουν τόσοι πολλοί ναΐφ καλλιτέχνες, με τα έργα τους, οι οποίοι έχουν λίγη ή καθόλου εικαστική παιδεία, αυτό και μόνο αποδεικνύει ότι ο όρος συχνά δεν ισχύει.




The people who make fairy tales literally come to life are the naive painters of Kovačica. Were it not for these astounding artists, this magical place would be just another village in Vojvodina.

And were it not for them, this small village wouldn’t have been visited by world famous celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Pele and Alain Delon, and even the former president of France François Mitterrand.

Naïve art is inspired by the love for one’s homeland, people and their traditions, as well as luscious nature. In Serbia, naive art usually portrays people in national costumes, their life in the countryside such as them working on a field or in a meadow, their various customs, and everyday moments of love, happiness and sadness.

naive-art kovacica

Naïve art is an art genre often characterized by a childlike simplicity in its subject matter and technique. Simplicity rather than subtlety are all supposed markers of this art genre.

However, the colourful and fairytale-like paintings, painted on a canvas, stool and even a squash, depicting beautiful rural landscapes and the simple life in Banat, simply make one want to live here. Or at least buy a piece of naive artwork.

The Serbian Village Even the ROLLING STONES Had to Visit!

37 comments on “The naive painters of Kovačica

  1. How fun that The Rolling Stones visited this place and included culture and art on their tours – I guess when you tour as long they did – well they had chances to visit all
    Sorts of places –
    Also – it was nice to learn about naive art.
    I like the skies in the bottom two to the right – the green and white and then the orange and yellow m- but that first photo – now how cool is that – the way it goes back and back –

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  2. Paintings speak the colours of the spirit in the artist. Awesome share Efi . Thank you for introducing me to Naive Art. Would like to go to Kovacica someday to see it up close for real.
    Have a beautiful blessed day!!!

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  4. …Naive painting was always a part of the tradition of the ex-Yugoslavian artists, especially in Croatia where I was born and raised, from where it originated this special Yugoslavian Naive Art Style (in Podravina, small north-eastern part of Croatia, in the village of Hlebine by the city of Koprivnica by artist Ivan Generalic, and in the city of Djurdjevac by artist Ivan Lackovic-Croata). Nice of you to mention this… 🙂

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      • Good morning Ianus from Athens!!

        Nobody knows exactly when the first naive artists appeared on the scene, as from the very first manifestations of art right up to the days of the “Modern Classic”, naive artists quite unconsciously bequeathed us unmistakable signs of their creative activity.

        At all events, naive art can be regarded as having occupied an “official” position in the annals of twentieth-century art since – at the very latest – the publication of the Der Blaue Reiter, an almanac in 1912.

        Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, who brought out the almanac, presented 6 reproductions of paintings by le Douanier’ Rousseau (Henri Rousseau), comparing them with other pictorial examples.

        However, most experts agree that the year that naive art was “discovered” was 1885, when the painter Paul Signac became aware of the talents of Henri Rousseau and set about organizing exhibitions of his work in a number of prestigious galleries.

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