Jovan Soldatović (Čerević near Novi Sad, 1920 – Novi Sad, 2005) completed his studies of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1948, in the class of professor Toma Rosandić. From 1975, he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad. He is the author of several monumental memorials and portraits of famous persons in public places, as well as a recognized author of animal sculptures, such as deer, roe and horses, in the parks across Yugoslavia. Among his most important works, there are the monument to the victims of fascism on the Tisa River near Žabalj (1962) and the monument to the raid victims in Novi Sad (1970). Soldatović’s sculpture “The Two” is located in the park in front of the United Nations building in New York. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions of his work. He worked mostly using bronze. He participated in the formation of the first artists’ studios at the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. He worked in one of those studios until his death. He was one of the leading representatives of modernist thought in sculpture in the Yugoslavian space.
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