Dragan Bibin (b.1984, Zrenjanin, RS) explores the intersection of two overtly didactic and moralizing arts, Counter-Reformation baroque and Yugoslav socialist art. At this juncture, there is a tension between explicit suffering on the one side and forced optimism on the other, between the martyr hero and the working-class hero. The role of propaganda in didactic art is most present in times of crisis, confusion and hopelessness. To this end Dragan mixes tenebroso of the Caravaggio school with the visual enthusiasm of Boža Ilić.
Dragan's childhood took place during the 1990s on the periphery of a Serbian industrial city, where most of the houses were left unfinished because of sanctions and war in the region. Red bricks and construction equipment were his playground - as they still are for today's children.
With his unique sense for complex settings and eerie atmospheres, Dragan produces images that read more like movies, each telling a different scene of one, coherent story.
Dragan got his BA and MA from the Novi Sad Academy of Arts. He has exhibited his work in Novi Sad, Belgrade, New York and Los Angeles, in solo and collective shows. He is represented by Laufer gallery (www.lauferart.com).