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Momcilo Simic


I was born and raised in Sokolac, a small town in Republic Srpska (at that time, before the war, it was Yugoslavia).The town is situated on a plateau, at almost 1000 m altitude. Clear fresh air, wide open space, harsh beautiful winters and colourful meadows and forests rich in fragrances during summer time is a short description of the area. The happy and playful childhood that I had there is the source of motivation and emotions behind my landscapes and paintings with children playing hockey. These two distant worlds(Sokolac and Canada) are connected in my art through the universal language of images. 
After high school, I moved to Belgrade (Serbia) to study psychology. Very soon, after I got degree (equivalent to master) in psychology at the University of Belgrade and employment as a psychologist  in a Regional Hospital in Loznica, the war began. I worked at that hospital for next five years.
One evening under candle light, due to electricity restrictions that were very common at that time (twelve hours with no power a day) I discovered my talent for art. I drew profile of my wife. “I made something from nothing“-was my first thought. I got an image from the darkness of a pencil and whiteness of paper. Contrary to my work at the hospital, art gave me a concrete result. “Something from nothing” has the same influence on me now as it has had then. There is something divine about that. I couldn’t ignore what happened  and it was the beginning of my new career. My first paintings have been sold in galleries in Belgrade. I was 30 at that time. Without any formal training, only talent, I had earned trust and compliments from many interested in the arts and involved in the art industry.
I brought to Canada five paintings, and now I make living doing commissions and selling my paintings (making pictures-some would say)…
And the most important thing-I am in pursuit for beauty in this visual world, in and around us, its complicity and meanings, its mystery. I want to find it, share and emphasize it. I don’t romanticize or idealize, I understand and believe that the power of true beauty can only make us better and bring us closer to each other. It brings out the good in us, if treated well… I am also aware that, sometimes, beauty is a dangerous magic…And I am sure that “beauty is in the eyes of  the beholder”.

In Serbia I had several solo and group exhibitions.
In 2006 I had an exhibition in Kitchener City Hall. In 2007 I participated in independent artists show- TorontoArtExpo. In 2008 my portrait ”Masa” was selected for The Top Finalist Show organized by Portrait Society of Canada, which I am member of. During my relatively short  career I have sold more than 100 paintings in many countries, and they are now in private and corporate collections. In Toronto I am represented by Galerie Christin.

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Masa Kitchener 1915 Missing puzzle
Oil on canvas Oil on canvas Oil on canvas
40" x 30" 34" x 36" 28" x 38"
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