Zelko Nedic is self taught artist, born in former Yugoslavia. He showed interest in visual arts in the primary school where he attempted his first art courses. At the age of 18 he moved to Belgrade (Serbia) as refugee where he completed his education. Soon after he started to working in highly established hair studio, where for the first time he had opportunity to work with a professional photographers on a fashion photo stories and music videos as hairdresser and photographer’s assistant.
His passion for art specially photography grow into obsession since the lost of all images from his childhood during the Bosnian war in 1992.
The presence of a contradiction between control and risk taking is apparent in most of Nedic’s works. A teenage witness to the horrors of the Bosnian War during the early 90s, Nedic knows what it is to experience a local hell and to escape into imagined havens. Through his collodion images and his earlier works, many reminiscent in texture (but not as extreme in content) of Joel Peter Witkin’s macabre tableaux, Nedic takes us to the edge and out into a world of restrictive possibilities.
In his art works, along with the usefulness of ambiguous narrative learned on set as a professional hair and makeup artist/photographer on high-end fashion shoots, Nedic provides his audience landscapes buoyant with symbolism and references to social norms obscured by absurdity.
In 2000 he moved to Australia where he currently lives.
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