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Ivana Starcevic is an award winning contemporary expressionistic painter currently residing and working in Albuquerque and Corrales, New Mexico. She has long sought to capture “the spirit of place” in her artwork, finding inspiration from not only her current surroundings but also her fragmented memories of her youth in Europe.
From the age of four, Starcevic knew she wanted to be an artist. She earned a BFA in Ceramics and Studio Art and an MFA in Mixed Media from the Academy of Applied Arts University in Belgrade and completed postgraduate work in printmaking at the University of New Mexico.
Starcevic’s paintings are rich in color, verve and motion, whether interpreting raw landscape, radiant light or the brilliant colors of the New Mexico sky. Her current large-scale work, inspired by southwestern hues and views, is usually painted from memory, guided by intuition and fueled by imagination. With a bold style and sometimes messy approach, her curiosity and passion infuse her paintings.
While enjoying a 20-year career as the Creative Director for a Fortune 500 company focused on technology and innovation in customized training and digital communications, Starcevic remained connected to the art world through her work as a rescue animal photographer and photo contributor to Getty/iStock. Now retired from the corporate world, she plays daily with rhythmic layers of vivid acrylics and oils, energetically exploring creative interpretations of reality on canvas.
Starcevic’s work, described by one critic as “unshakably cosmopolitan, irreversibly modern and strikingly innovative,” has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and her pieces are held in both public and private collections as well in films and television productions.
In 2021, the City of Albuquerque purchased one of her large paintings for its “Art in Public Spaces” program. Ivana has been named a Local Treasure 2022 by the Albuquerque Arts Business Association.