Title: The Tortoise, the Mouse and the Wolf (2023) Size: 43.30 x 35.43 in; 110 x 90 cm Medium: Acrylic and marker on canvas
Matija Bobičić is a Slovenian artist born in 1987 in Maribor. He completed his elementary school and gymnasium in the same city. Bobičić's paintings feature hybrid figures made up of components borrowed from his childhood, including 1980s American Saturday-morning cartoons and American hip-hop culture. He uses sci-fi archetypes to address the gradual infiltration of American culture into post-Yugoslav Slovenia of the 1990s and its absorption into Western monoculture. Bobičić's painting style is rooted in his childhood, and his paintings are imbued with childlike curiosity, with figures that are flat, outlined with a prominent contour, and composed of bright fields of color. His exhibition "FUNNY HOW?" focuses on monsters, mutants, and other isolated creatures that offer a fresh and sharp perspective on social reality, and blends social reality and imagination to create a chaotic world.