~ Heavenly world of horses ~

Ladies and gentlemen, I’m very pleased to say that the author of these paintings, Suzana Stojanović, prefers portraying horses to men in her drawings. Horses are still better ranked than men, mostly because a man on the horseback is considered to be successful whereas a horse on a man’s back has nothing but problems. A good horse at full gallop leaves dust behind which means that there are more roads to be paved, while people blemish, gossip and envy one another; I’ve almost forgotten about the politicians, they are always related to some affairs. So, poetically speaking, a horse is a magnificent animal which, unfortunately, isn’t in a position to choose its master or its owner. Then there are, of course, “horses with wings”, which obviously went into business with some airway companies. I have often had a chance to sense a slight feeling of helplessness in those who were constantly criticizing hyperrealism because they themselves lacked the artistic skill. In other words, instead of learning first and then giving their opinion about the learned facts, they immediately criticize and by doing so try to hide their own imperfection. However, Suzana Stojanović with her hyperreal paintings captures the scenes at the right moment just in time for all of us to see defiance and pride, might and beauty, gentleness and wisdom. The world of horses is heavenly: God was merciful to bless us with such beauty. There are fights between roosters, dogs, bulls and men. Fights between horses don’t exist. Horses race in order to win nobly, they jump over hurdles instead of passing them by and they don’t enter through the backdoor. Horses go ahead, people lose their way. Unfortunately, horses are being killed, aren’t they? No, you don’t have to answer. It’s all clear to me.
▪ Heavenly world of horses (Timošenko Milosavljević, journalist, satirist, humorist, critic; longtime editor and chief editor of the National newspapers in Niš; author of several books satire, stories, drama and monographs)

~ While the guitar is playing ~

It is not often that Almighty God pours out multiple blessings or talents upon a single person, but it seems that He made an exception with Suzana Stojanović. She has developed the habit of writing a short story to accompany her paintings, and as an American novelist, I would like to focus on those stories.
While the format in which these stories appear (usually as a block or one paragraph) seemed a little awkward, I soon discovered her command of the English language is superb. Most of her writing, exception for her rendition of “The Prince and the Beggar” would be better described as poetry, rather than mere story-telling. The words flow from a deep-rooted emotion that stirs the reader’s imagination. My personal favorite is “We will always be together when the guitar is playing”.
There are many things a writer can do right as well as wrong. Every piece of art or literature is designed to invoke any number of emotions or visions, and many authors mistakenly try telling the art enthusiast or reader what to see or feel. This is a huge mistake, since we all see, taste, love or hate from our own life experiences. Suzana has a knack for writing only enough to allow her fans to experience their own emotions, instead of forcing them to experience her own.
It is worth a few minutes to visit her website, and browse through her art and read the accompanying stories.
While the guitar is playing (Major Mitchell, the author of historical novels about the American west and children’s books)

~ It’s all relative ~

These are reflective poetic texts, even lyrical-meditative. This kind of literature isn’t articulated enough as a creation. It hasn't been researched enough. Many theories of literature don't even mention it. Suzana Stojanović gives them interesting name, short enigmatic stories. Enigma is their basic idea.
I’ve read them twice. Carefully. I liked them all. The author is self-centered but there is much space for the reader as well. For today’s reader, torn by a busy lifestyle and worries that dramatic time has brought, they can represent a valuable reading material.
Suzana’s got a refined sense for the man of today, for his disturbed soul. He has to be wise in order to find his way in the dark which is brought by the lights of civilization.

I think these lyrical jewels should be published.
It goes without saying that I liked “The Prince and the Beggar” as well. There are some wise teachings in it, including this one, it’s all relative.
▪ It’s all relative (Momčilo Zlatanović, PhD, the professor of literature at the University of Pedagogy and the University of Philosophy; a member of the association of Serbian writers, the Association of scientists and artists of Niš and a permanent member-assistant of Matica Srpska in Novi Sad; the author of a number of books on folk poems, dictionaries, monographs, critiques and a collector of prose folk literature)

~ Young talents: painting is her love ~

Only now when the school year is over can Suzana Stojanović, one of the top three pupils at “Vuk Karadžić” school in Vranje, get some rest. This summer break will really do her good as she couldn’t rest at all during the school year. This little girl spent almost all of her time at school, primary of the school of music, either participating in many sections or preparing for numerous competitions.
And in between her regular classes and the violin a class, forgetting for a moment about the complex world of numbers and complicated mathematical rules, Suzana was taking her sketching block and colored pencils, devoting herself entirely to the world of drawings and paintings. Since the earliest childhood she was trying to draw, though not with precision, everything that surrounded her and in that way express all of her feelings.
Suzana is now fifteen and her love for painting is never-ending. On the contrary, her artistic talent is becoming more and more expressed. Numerous competitions won in this field testify to that. Suzana is at the same time the only representative of the county district of Vranje who, together with the other children with the artistic talent from the other parts of the Republic, participated in Vuk’s 13th gathering that was held in Loznica. Her immense artistic talent was shown once again. She was chosen to participate in the Pupil’s art colony which was held in Petrovac on the river Mlava from 24th-30th June.
Suzana has recently won three significant awards; two for her artistic and one for her literary work in contest the children's magazine Kekec organized under the name of “That’s brotherhood and unity”. This summer she is going to participate in two more art colonies in our county district: in Dobrejanac and Prohor Pčinjski.
- I particularly like painting portraits -
this talented girl says. I’m especially fond of Tito’s portrait, the one awarded in the contest of Kekec magazine and published in the almanac.  

Music is Suzana’s other great love. She has won significant awards in this field, too. Last year, out of twenty six compositions which were chosen for the 8th Festival of children’s creative work in the field of music, two were Suzana’s. She composed “The Yearning” and “The Indian Camp” for the violin, not hoping to be awarded. She even lost her sheet music. Fortunately, she knew her compositions by heart so everything ended well.
Suzana likes other subjects, too. She has won numerous awards for both literary work and maths. Still, she regrets the fact that like most other children of her age she doesn’t have more time for walking, playing with her friends or going out.
▪ Young talents: painting is her love (N.M. Newspaper “Vranjske”)

~ Horses have soul too ~

A work of art or a photograph, that’s the first and the greatest dilemma for those who see the work of young Suzana Stojanović from Niš. Because what their eyes see looks so real as if it was “about to speak”. And yet, they are looking at the paintings that belong to hyperrealism, a movement which hardly involves any women painters all around Europe. - Hyperrealism makes it possible to go all the way to the portrait of a man or an animal comes to life, so I opted just for him - explains the artist. “The inspiration for my works I always find in nature. Horses cannot lie”, says the young artist. “They are sincere when they love, when they are furious, joyful or sad. I’ve tried to look into their soul.” - I do painting from the age of four - says Suzana Stojanović. - I got several awards at home and abroad, parents gave me basic supports, who are professors of literature, very committed to the arts. To address the young painter Suzana Stojanović arrived a few calls from abroad. People are interested in her work.
▪ Horses have soul too (Z. Aracki, “Novosti”)

~ A sparkle in the eyes of Suzana’s horses ~

The horse portraits painted by Suzana Stojanović, the artist from Niš, are magnificently real. They are magnificent not because the spatial, third dimension can be noticed almost immediately in these hyperreal paintings, but because of the warmth coming out of each painting, from the eyes of these noble four-legged animals, that, according to the legend, the Almighty made out of a gust of wind. - As if it was alive - an amazed young art lover said as he was standing for a couple of minutes with his eyes wide open in front of the portrait of a bay horse with bulging hindquarters, which was captured skillfully at a full gallop, waiting for it to make the next move. And the young painter, also a graduate student of literature, made her first moves with the paintbrush when she was four. Her indisputable talent was proven when she won an international award while attending the sixth grade of primary school. From then on, she paints oils on canvas (realism only), and up to now she has painted more than two hundred and fifty paintings with nature and rural motives, portraits of people. Now, she is exclusively painting horses. There’s an entire horse herd on the walls of a small living-room, twenty exquisite portraits of black horses, Lipizzaner horses, Arabian horses and ponies. Guest book is full of powerful impressions: “If someone had told me, I would not believe that there is something more perfect than Kodak, and it is the soul”, wrote actor Miroslav Žužić Žule.
▪ A sparkle in the eyes of Suzana’s horses (B. Janacković, “Blic”)

~ As if they were alive ~

Suzana Stojanović with sure strokes applied layer upon layer of paint until she breathes life into horses that figure. “I’m speechless. This is fantastic! How in the world has she managed to depict horse hair like that?”, a young design student from Belgrade shouted spontaneously while standing in front of one of Suzana’s paintings exhibited in Geca Kon Gallery. Upon opening the exhibition in Pančevo, a famous hyperrealist Dragan Malešević Tapi wrote down his impressions: “Well done, you are a true artist; when I first saw your paintings I thought they were actual photographs. Congratulations.” All visitors are under the same impression. At first, they are in confusion, as the famous painter: whether they are ahead of them paintings or photographs. And how big Suzana’s the love of horses is, can be seen and felt in her paintings: they look like live. The finishing touch is the eye: they have a glow that makes them a crown image. Without him Suzana’s horses were just beautiful. Our interviewee admits that it is difficult to paint horses, not only because you need a good knowledge of their anatomy and movement, but also because it should reveal their soul. Technique, for which this young artist decided, oil pastel, is not an easy. “Here the colors do not mix, but repairs. It is on the card, and it is not allowed even the smallest error. First, I draw the contours on the cardboard, and then I put the paint, layer by layer, until the horse comes to life. The final move is lustering eye. So painting gets its third dimension, what photographs can not capture.” That’s been a real painting horse farm with Lipizzaner horses, ponies and Arabian horses. There is nothing unusual because its exhibitions visitors breathless.
▪ As if they were alive (Mima Majstorović, Magazine “Politika”)

~ Stunning realism of Serbian artist ~

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▪ The stunning realism of Serbian artist Suzana Stojanović (Author John Sebastian, Magazine “The New York Optimist”)