Maria PAVLOVSKA at the OSTEN Biennale of Drawing 2020

Invited by OSTEN Gallery as Preview of the OSTEN Biennial of Drawing 2020, Solo exhibition of Drawings by Maria Pavlovska opens on 20. 02. 2020. Between the artists who participate with the application and need to be chosen and invited by the curator and the Jury in order to attend OSTEN Biennial 2020, OSTEN Biennale have the right to personally invite six authors worldwide for participation of his own choice. The exhibitions will be open for one month/ Feb 20 – Mar 20. 2020.

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This is a second Biennale in several months distance her work is invited to showcase. Because of her international activity and authentic expression, Pavlovska was invited to exhibit during the Venice Biennale 2019 (May 9 – Nov 24). Her project “A Reaction” has been selected and nominated – invited to showcase by the ECC Curators at ECC during the 58 Venice Biennale, supported by ECC (European Cultural Centre) and MANA Contemporary Museum USA.

Born in Skopje, North Macedonia, with 30 international Solo Shows and more than 100 group shows, after her first solo in New York in 2007, she has lived between Skopje and New York and stayed active on the New York art scene and internationally. Her studio residence has been at MANA Contemporary, a leading Contemporary Art Center in the New York City area since 2012.

Hailing from a family of creative artists – her father is an esteemed painter, (the recipient of the National Order of Merit Award for the Arts 2011 and of title of the National Artist of Macedonia), her older sister is a leading Musicologist and her younger sister is an international classical Pianist – it is apparent that her artistic energy is ingrained within the very fabric of her being. Although a beneficiary of the distinguished cultural legacy of her family, Maria has achieved great recognition in her own right.

Critics have described her work as having “a strong personality” which “translates her topics of choice into pictorial language that demonstrates a quietly powerful eloquence”. She has received praise from critics worldwide for her drawings and paintings that they describe as a battlefield, where light and darkness fight and the result is unpredictable. One sees the lightning bolts of ideas at work, as they are being worked out. This sort of simultaneous image ‘process/result’ dialectic lies frozen in space, stimulating the viewer to actively participate in the image creation themselves by way of investigation, inviting myriad readings within a given theme – Emil Aleksiev, Curator at The Museum of the City of Skopje.

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The organizer of the event is OSTEN Skopje, North Macedonia.

OSTEN is located in Skopje, the capital city of the Republic of North Macedonia (Europe) which exist since 1945 and only treat the drawing. Since 2009 was developed another section under the gallery, building the international OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING with important and influential worldwide Curators and Jury.

The Biennial is rather focused on a contemporary drawing, but in its widest interpretation. A Curator appointed by OSTEN selects the artists for the Biennial’s official exhibition, and out of them, the International jury decides about the artists’ works presented in the catalog and about the awards.

Curator of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2020 is Emil ALEKSIEV, N. Macedonia, a curator at the Museum of the City of Skopje. The Juri members are: Kathrin BECKER, Germany, curator and author in Berlin. From February 2020, Kathrin Becker will be Artistic Director of the KINDL–Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin-Neukölln and Zsolt PETRÁNYI, Hungary, the head of contemporary arts in the Hungarian National Gallery.

All submitted works by artists are exhibited at the PREVIEW exhibition including the ones that are personally invited OSTEN4ART at the OSTEN Gallery, short-listed works shall be exhibited at the Biennial’s official exhibition. The presentation awards ceremony and opening of the exhibition will take place on 24 September 2020 in Skopje.

The awards are astonishing.

The awarded works remain within the collection of OSTEN Museum of Drawing.


                                                                        GRAND PRIX FOR LIFE ACHIEVEMENT

SPECIAL GRAND PRIX (on the occasion of 75 years OSTEN)


5 FIRST AWARDS (5x 1000$)


(Participation at the Artists Residency Program “Golden Osten” in Skopje )



WAVA AWARDS (World Association of Visual Arts)

I can only share my positive experience with this institution and I can recommend this institution and the Biennial participation of every single artist in US and  worldwide. Among others the Grand Prix and World Heritage awards was given in the previous editions to artist such as Pierre SOULAGES, Henry Moore, Tony CRAG, Salvador DALI, MArina ABRAMOVIC, Joan MIRO etc. Follow below on the links. – says Maria.

It is my honor to share about the Open Call which is running now and to recommend artists to take a part in OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING Skopje 2020.

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