BOBAN ILIC

SERBIAN MASTER SCULPTOR 

 

“I want to express the electric impulse.  I want my sculptures fused with the sparks of life, poised at the last moment of balance.”

 

Boban was trained in art at the prestigious Belgrade Academy of Art in Yugoslavia, before arriving in the United States in 1991, in search of artistic liberty and opportunity.  Rigorous academic training at Belgrade, reinforced by master of art Nandor Glidd, imbued Boban with the knowledge and technical skills required to become a master sculptor.  After mastering the figure, he transformed the figurative into the abstract, allowing each sculpture to flow with a emotional balance.  His unique visions represent a fusion of classical anatomical knowledge with the use of contemporary materials and ideas. 

 

The physical spark of Boban’s welding apparatus combined with his own spark of creativity transforms spoons and other metal items into dynamic figurative creations with strength power, and a sense of motion.  For Boban, sculpting spoons has taken on a spiritual dimension, representing the nourishment of the human soul in its dynamic path towards personal fulfillment, power, creativity and success.  Boban creates powerful sculptures by fusing, bending and shaping spoon elements by utilizing the welding process, infusing warmth and dimension into something once that was cold metal.  Like the sculptures of Boban, we are composed of many simple elements, yet have become much more than the sum of our parts and carry within the potential for heroism both individually and collectively.

 

Among the distinguished collections in which the works of Boban can be found:

 

• Toyamura Museum in Sapporo, Japan.

• MOCA Museum in Hot Springs, U.S.

• “McAtlas” – McDonald’s Corporation’s permanent collection, U.S.

• “Pegasus and Globe” – Exxon-Mobil Corporate Headquarters, U.S.

• First Place for Sculptural Design – North Shore Art League, Chicago, U.S.

• Award of Excellency – Port Clinton Art Festival, U.S.

• Best of Show – Toyamura International Sculpture Biennale, Sapporo, Japan.

• First Place – Lincoln Part Art Initiative, U.S.

• Sculpture “Shaka Zulu” public installation in Oak Park, U.S.

• Pegasus” – Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Odyssey
Odyssey
Stainless Steel, 44h x 28w x 54d
Flauta
Flauta
Electroless Nickel-Plated Bronze, 24h x 19.25w x 10.25d
Icarus
Icarus
Electroless Nickel-Plated Bronze, 70h x 60w x 32d
Rising of Fluting Man (The Rising)
Rising of Fluting Man (The Rising)
Electroless Nickel-Plated Bronze, 42h x 32w x 44d
Bass
Bass
Stainless Steel, 28h x 25.5 w x 11.5d
Calm Moment
Calm Moment
Stainless Steel, 29h x 13w x 30d
Leaping Melody
Leaping Melody
Stainless Steel, 32.25h x 29.25w x 41.5d