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Artist Bio:
Marko Tomic was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1984 and immigrated to the United States in 2007 as an International Student in Economics. Originally, he came to the United States to pursue a career as a currency stockbroker and trader for Wall Street, however in 2009 while living in Miami, his life took a different path and discovered his true calling to become an artist/painter and Sculptor.

Marko immersed himself in his art and developed a philosophy and artistic style he coined “Konnectivism”. With 1,100 documented sold paintings under his belt. His artistic mission and contribution are to bring a human connection with the invisible, intangible and pervasive energy through his paintings.

“I paint the invisible and untouchable particles, like a whole new world. When I start with a blank canvas, they manifest to me abstract energy in shapes and colors, I paint what I see but there’s nothing there. I named this method and art style “Konnectivism.” I connect what I see at that moment, which is invisible but always present, bringing and channeling a human connection with the, intangible and pervasive energy through my paintings.

Marko’s painting has brought him exhibitions shows in the United States such as New York Art Expo, Art Basel Miami, and in Europe with a solo exhibition in Belgrade, Serbia at the Writers Club, Gallery Staff, and Mixer House. His art collectors are in Boston, Philadelphia, LA, Miami, Chicago, NYC, Austin, Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Montreal -Canada, Curitiba Brazil-Sao Paolo, and Europe in London -UK, Austria- Wien, and other cities in Serbia and abroad. He is represented by the RAW Gallery, Natural Born Artist, Casa Mondo Miami Gallery, Conceptual Art Gallery and Gallery Spaniard.

Additional Info:

Marko Tomic’s Paintings are both figurative and abstract. His artist statement below explains how he methodically paints his subject and finds the connection between reality (that is visible) and the abstract imagination of the artist, the feeling of knowing the unnamed shapes and silent voices that is revealing on the blank canvas before him as he paints it.

“I paint the invisible and untouchable particles, like a whole new world. When I start with a blank canvas, they manifest to me abstract energy in shapes and colors, I paint what I see but there’s nothing there. I named this method and art style “Konnectivism.” I connect what I see at that moment, which is invisible but always present, bringing and channeling a human connection with the, intangible and pervasive energy through my paintings.

Marko Tomic Questionnaire:

Tell us your Story:
I was born in Belgrade, Capitol of Serbia in South Eastern part of Europe. I come from a big family and art was always around us growing up. I have great memories growing up and formed many life-long friendships in this great city from my Elementary School throughout High School. After High School I studied Geo Economics in University of Belgrade and during the last 4th year of studies in year 2007, I was granted a work travel program student visa to study in Washington D.C. Originally, I wanted to pursue a career in currency stockbroker and trader for Wall Street however, in 2009 when I moved to Miami my life took a different path. I was driving back home from work and while in the car I had a spiritual moment where I heard God’s voice to create and paint, I stopped the car and came out and was standing on the bridge, it was a symbolic event for me, being on the bridge between two worlds one end was to keep going to work and pursue what I went to school for and the other side was to become an artist and create. So, I became an artist/painter and Sculptor.

Have you had previous occupations? If so, how have those experiences influenced your creative work?
*When I was a teen-ager I worked and was involved in film and movie industry. I also helped organized music festivals and music events in Belgrade. So early on my teen years, I was surrounded by artist from all different practice and was heavily influenced by my environment. When I came to Miami, I worked in the hospitality business for 5 years with Hotel Delano in South Beach, Miami. During my work with Hotel Delano, I met many interesting people including musician and celebrities from around the world. Surely this all influenced my creative work. All of my occupations have given me the creative outlet and confidence as an artist in my life journey.

What inspires you (place, food, drink, music, etc.)?

I like to travel so everything inspires me during my journey. My paintings are like a diary of my personal journey of what I see through my connection with nature, people and the present moment. I like to hear stories from the people I meet along my journey and I also like to share my stories with them. I see beauty in all things the seen and the unseen (energy), love for a woman, all that touched me eternally.

Who are your biggest influences?
My biggest influences are artist like Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, August Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, Salvador Dali, Miro, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Gustav Klimt, Edvard Munch, Michael Angelo, Marc Chagall. All the greats!

What work of art do you most identify with?

My style of painting is always changing. As many artists do, I like to experiment, and explore different style to discover my own in the process. I feel it’s a journey as an artist. Sculpture and Architecture designs are what I am exploring at the moment. I have love for literature and writing poems and poetry as well, so I integrate this in my paintings as well. So, for now paintings, Sculpture, and poetry.

What do you consider integral to the work of an artist?
The integral for me as an artist are truth and vision. Experiencing awareness of conscious present moment with knowing of receiving, channeling and giving life back.

What role does the artist have in society?
When Czechoslovakia won freedom from communism regime and formed a democratic society for the first time, they chose Vaclav Havel to be their first president. He was a play-writer, a poet, and an artist in his own right. He never had any political experience, but his plays and his artistic eloquence in writings moved and inspired people in such a way to end 40 years of communism. He helped brought down the Berlin wall and the peaceful transfer of power to democracy known as the “Velvet Revolution” that only took just weeks without a single shot fired. He gave people hope and he was loved by many to which he became a leader of his country. This shows how important our role as an artist in society. We have the power to move and inspire people through our creation and our ideas, whether it’s through our paintings, writings, sculpting, films, dance, anything that brings a moral state of being and unconditionally brings a new idea into people’s minds.

What themes do you pursue?

I like to experiment, explore and discover. Ancient Knowledge, Nature, Sky and astrology. Themes are from my life experience and discovery, this way I paint my life, my paintings are my life diary.

What is your process for starting a new work?
My Daily routine is always new when it comes to stages of which artwork I am working on. I start new ones, while finishing other pieces. It’s a beautiful circle. It’s the best. It’s a special connection that I have with my creations and gives me an amount of happiness and magic.

How has your process and work evolved over time?
In the last 11 years I learned a lot. I made over 1000 paintings now. Patience and truth resonate in me, wisdom comes to a painter like a matured organic/masterpiece alive from life.

How do you know when a work is finished?
When painting becomes alive and communicate with me. Saying I am good, I am fine, this is me. I am done. At that moment I leave the painting alone. I observe while signing in a watchful state of mind with imagination I observe. Later I add the last touch and look at my paintings again till it makes sense to me.

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