Saturday, August 21, 2010

(Social) Realism: Macedonia Art

Vangel Kodzoman (1904-1994)

Vangel Kodzoman was born in Struga on tha 14th of Februay 1904, in 1923/24 he received his high school certificate in Ohrid. In 1924-28, he graduated from the teaching department in Art School in Belgrade ( prof. Beta Vukanovic, Ljuba Ivanovic, I. Sobaic ). In 1928 he continued his studies in a two years academic course of art by professor Milan Milovanovic. Towards the end of the course he had a short study stay in Italy. After the nine months army service in Saraevo in 1931 he tppk a teaching post as an art teacher in the high school in Ohrid. From 1929, especially from 1936 to the beginning of the war he participated in the spring exhibitions of the Belgrade painters.

In 1937 he took part in the exhibition of the Independed painters of Belgrade called by the name “ bojkotaska ”. In 1938-39 he received a post as an art teacher in the Seventh Boys High School in Belgrade, were he stayed till 1945. He took part in the cultural, artistic and sport life. In October, several days after the liberation of Belgrade he became a military painter in the Department of Propaganda in the General Staff of Macedonia with the aim for expansion of the plastic arts among the army and the population. He stayed on this position for six months, till the first of June 1945. After the demobilization, towards the end of September 1945 he arrived in Skopje and was appointed professor in the art School of Applied Arts. He worked in this school till 1952.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

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