simon kocjančič

Simon Kocjančič devotes his talents to drawing, painting and artistic fanzines. His paintings are a mass of colour and shape, where undefined or half-recognisable motifs create fragile and enticing compositions between the figurative and the abstract. The artist’s distorted images are never restricted by logic, and so they invite an infinite array of interpretations. This absence of a narrative allows for anticipation, emotion and adventure. 
Simon’s choice of colour and form boldly contrasts the predictable with the unfamiliar. Existing images often serve as a basis for his work, though a memory or feeling will sometimes be enough. Through a process of experimentation, Simon connects a multitude of fragments into a coherent whole, which often has very little in common with his starting point. 
From the very beginning, the artist has experimented with his own shades of oil paint, avoiding the use of pure, primary colours at all costs. In recent years, especially for large formats, Simon also opts for acrylic and wall paint, which he applies with pronounced brushstrokes. The viewers of his paintings find themselves in the awkward position of not being able to name the colour they are looking at. Is that blue? Or grey? 
Sometimes he ventures into the figurative, where outlines of grotesque, hybrid monsters begin to appear, and on other occasions he prefers soft abstraction. His favourite habitat is the space in-between, where his intuitive strokes create a unique, authentic image and a conscious shift from reality. 
B.A. in Painting, College of Visual Arts, Ljubljana, SI

2020 TBA, duo show, Vienna, AT
TBA, solo show, Budapest, HU
2019 Art Fair: Vienna Contemporary, booth C02, Vienna, AT
 AIR4, group show, RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, Ljubljana, SI
I Never Know, solo show, RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, Ljubljana, SI
AIR4, group show, RAVNIKAR GALLERY SPACE, Ljubljana, SI

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