Drasko Boljevic is an urban artist living in Melbourne, Australia
Drasko Boljevic began his career in Zagreb at the Academy of Fine Art. Since his arrival in Australia in the early 90’s, he has completed a VCA Fine Arts degree majoring in Sculpture (1997), a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts (painting) in 2011 and a Masters in Contemporary Art (2012) and he has been dedicated to exploring different techniques in his endeavour to produce exciting and vibrant works.
Drasko has been involved in the visual arts scene in Melbourne for over two decades. He has participated in the arts from diverse angles, from being a gallery co-owner (Azibi Gallery, St Kilda) in the late 90s, to working for several theatre companies as set designer, prop and puppet, including the Institute of Pataphysical Studies, More than Opera and Malthouse Theatre.
He has an extensive exhibition history, including two solo shows of painting and sculptures: at Brightspace Gallery (2008) and Gasworks Arts Park (2011). In 2009 he was finalist of the prestigious Sulman Prize, awarded by the Gallery of New South Wales. He has also been selected for the “Off the Wall” show at the Melbourne Art Fair 2010, and he has received the Mayor’s Award in the Art Town competition 2012 (Stonnington Council), and the friends of the VCA and the NAVA awards for outstanding practice (2012). In 2014 he was awarded the first prize at the Art Town Competition and was showcased in Art Is Not Fair, Fitzroy.
His 2014 show Possible Worlds part of the Innovators 3 at the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts depicted the middle place between leaving and arriving, long lost memories (real or imagined), and recently acquired ones. This installation was thought of as homage to a new era, celebrating possibilities and the constant search for new discoveries within our technological world. Some of these works were exhibited in 2015 as projections for the St Kilda Short Film Festival, Flinders Lane Gallery show Exploration15, Gertrude St. Side Projection Festival and 2015 Acland St Projection Festival.
His installation Collaging Realities was shown at White Night Melbourne 2016 and Message from Mars (installation and film projection) were shown at Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre the same year.
You may have seen Drasko’s work when unexpectedly looking down in the laneways of Melbourne, where he regularly collaborates with street art group Legion of Ninjas.
In 2017 he was invited to participate of the Benalla Wall to Wall Festival of Street Art. In the same year he won the Encouragement Award at the Toorak Village Sculpture Exhibition and the Stonemasons Prize at the Victorian Sculptors Association Annual Show with his piece Sunflower.
Drasko is currently continuing working within this sphere of 3-D stencil and video work, which can be better viewed with one eye closed, inciting to set on a journey through the eye of a camera, thus questioning what is real. His work tends to include a commentary on current issues, without leaving out a sense of play and humour.