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▪ The stunning realism of Serbian artist Suzana Stojanović (John Sebastian, author and publisher, “The New York Optimist”, weekly online magazine focusing on the arts, painting, sculpture, film making, photography, fashion, dining and education)


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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 (journalist Mima Majstorović, magazine “Politika”, Serbian daily newspaper, published in Belgrade)


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In a mysterious world of paintings portraits have always been the greatest challenge of all; silent guardians at the gates of the forbidden garden. Human nature can be seen both in the eyes and on the face of a man. The portrait is deprived of physical movement, but what makes it a masterpiece is the spiritual inner world that is already reflected on our faces and in our eyes for the whole eternity. The invention of camera has made the portrait painters almost disappear from the world of art.
In the last century, in which the spiritual was transformed into the material, it seemed that the ultimate challenge to paint the intangible attracts artists less and less. And then, at the end of the 20th century, a young woman decided to start painting portraits of horses. Her name is Suzana Stojanović and she has been living in the world of miraculous realism of winged Pegasus and proud Bukefal for years. 

- A horse has always been the inspiration for the artists. Leonardo da Vinci himself said that not only painting a horse was a challenge, but that it also took a lot of courage to accept it - Suzana tells us. Up to know she has painted more than two hundred and fifty oils on canvas. She is using the oil pastel technique at the moment which won her the admiration of Dragan Malešević Tapi himself. 
- It’s done on the cardboard, colors don’t mix and not the slightest mistake is allowed. The work keeps on for days and nights, but my love towards horses makes me forget my great effort and hard work. A horse can be beautiful, but if you don’t give it your heart and soul it will never look alive in the painting, it will only remain “beautiful”.  
Full of life and beautiful, Suzana’s portraits are horse psychology encyclopedia of its kind. Within vivid frames various moods of these long-legged animals are being captured by using a range of different colors, something that the greatest experts at the horses’ nature only feel intuitively but are often unable to express it. Suzana’s paintings can do that. It seems as if her horses spoke of their secret inner world which was galloping just beside our daily life and the world of oblivion, familiar to all of us, but indistinct as the thud of horses’ hooves in the blue distance, in the evening.

▪ Portraits of horses (Miroslav Popović, journalist and editor, the trotting almanac of Serbia, magazine “KAS” art)


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In the premises of the Society for preserving Serbian culture and tradition, SKUT in Niš, exhibition of paintings by Suzana Stojanović is underway. It is the setting series of the horse artworks, in which the young artist for the first time in Niš, and the fifth time in her career, independently represents the lovers of fine arts. “With this exhibition I am offering audiences the world of nature and the beauty that we are all a bit forgotten”, says Suzana Stojanović, adding that her intentions and a kind of painting mission is that what is forgotten it again offers through her creativity. “I think that the task of the artist is to restore the audience the beauty and sincerity of experience. What I paint, namely lately mostly horses, I try to show as closely as possible I can, because this animal possesses an extraordinary beauty, elegance where nothing should be added, just needs to catch what is there, in front of the eye of the painter and the viewer”, she says about the model that is most commonly found in her paintings. Suzana has been painting since childhood. She is intensely painted by nineteenth year, and then suddenly, for reasons she could not explain, she left the easel. Just as she stopped painting, she suddenly returned to an old love, after thirteen years after the end of socializing with the paintbrush. The new passion for painting as a result gave five solo exhibitions in little more than two years.

Restore the beauty and sincerity (B.R., “Narodne novine”, daily newspaper, Niš)


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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 (journalist B. Janacković, “Blic”, Serbian daily newspaper, owned by Ringier Media Corporation from Switzerland and Axel Springer AG from Germany)


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- The pride and breed are the themes of these beautiful works, whose author represents a fine combination of a lady and an artist, who at the same time nurtures literature, music and painting. With these words painter Dragan Sotirović opened a painting exhibition of horses in the gallery of the National University last Friday. Its author, Suzana Stojanović, was born in Vranje, but she lives and works in Niš. After she had finished High school of mathematics and technical science and High school of music, specializing in the violin, she studied literature even though painting remained her main passion. This extremely humble girl rarely speaks about her numerous domestic and international awards. Apart from the music festival awards and primary and secondary republic school competitions in match, physics and literature, she is also the youngest winner of the 7th September award in art of the city of Vranje. Maybe that was the crucial moment for her to devote herself to painting even though she is a graduate student of literature. - In order to paint a great painting, it is necessary to have knowledge of many fields, because that is the way of getting into the essence of what you want to present, says the artist who at the same time nurtures literature, music and painting. Literature and painting are the arts that complement each other and inspire each other, said this versatile artist. When asked who her role model when it comes to painting, this young artist firmly replied: Paja Jovanović. - He has a superb work. What he left behind is unique. You can spend hours looking at his work.

▪ Painting exhibition of Suzana Stojanović (S.L., “Slobodna reč”, weekly newspaper)


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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 (Zoran Aracki, PhD, longtime journalist and Professor of Journalism and Communication at the Faculty of Philosophy in Niš, “Novosti”, Serbian daily newspaper)


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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”)