Youth Cultural Center, Skopje, 2019

About The Exibition​

The exhibition “The teacher and his apprentices” is an attempt to explore the influence that the teacher imprinted on the oeuvre of his students, as well as the particularities that each student has developed individually along the course of their creative path. Besides skills, a teacher inevitably transfers to his students his own personal beliefs and attitudes. Simultaneously, and again inevitably, the teacher learns from his students, from their convictions, beliefs, and their relation to the skills of the trade. This exchange has always been the prism through which one can most clearly see the essence of the teacher-student relationship.

”I am trying – by investing all my knowledge and feelings – to be a teacher. This is the hardest task, but the noblest one as well. It is therefore priceless. Youth is certainly the most joyous period of human existence. I therefore learn from my students to be joyful after each of our encounters, after the lectures, or after the exams that I take together with them. Yes, this is how it is, I am continuously taking an exam in front of my students.”

In the words of Vladimir Georgievski

Vladimir Georgievski, Pavilion no 6, color pencils, 130 x 120 cm, 1984

Vladimir Georgievski


He was born in Skopje in 1943. He graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Belgrade in 1972. He worked as a painter, sculptor and professor at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. He passed away in Skopje in 2017.

Nikola Pijanmanov, The last supper, oil on canvas, 100x90 cm

Nikola Pijanmanov


He was born in Strumica in 1981. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2005. He is the author of several works exhibited publically and has shown his works in several solo exhibitions. As an active and independent artist, he is fully committed to painting

Remembering Vladimir Georgievski

When I first entered the studio, I had a big folder brimming with drawings; I often carried it around. Until then no one had looked at them with such attention and commitment. I was used to cold, professional attitudes. I was lonely in my work. Finally, someone confirmed my passion for drawing. A model ship with wide ­open sails, which hung above the entrance to the studio, immediately impressed me. He often painted it in the background of self-portraits. The model ship was the studio – a ship that sails the turbulent, opaque waters of the times we live in. The studio appeared as the deck of an old wooden ship. He never lowered the sails and the canvases remained open, defying the winds. But first, he asked me: “What do you read?” “Ivan Karamazov is one my favorite characters”, I said. He squeezed my hand and I knew that our friendship would last a long time.

excerpt from the essay “Eternity”

Nataša Milovančev, Space Poetics, 100x100 cm, 2001

Nataša Milovančev


She was born in Skopje in 1967. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, where she also completed post­graduate studies in 2003. As an active painter she has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. She teaches at the Architecture Faculty of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje

All is one and all is in us

Seated on his three-legged stool in his studio, in his blue work coat, his hands covered in layers of paint, to the background of Mozart’s Requiem coming from the old radio, he painted and drew every day, as if every moment was the last, unique and elusive. Numberless drawings, paintings, painted cardboard and notes in his notebooks, which were drawn, as he used to say, with the Mind and Heart, left one in awe with their magic and beauty, with the ontological and timeless dimension of beauty! The lectures of the Teacher, professor Vladimir Georgievski, were very po­pular already in the times when I myself was a student, and they had special importance. His broad insights, amazing intellect and spiritual wealth, the long and detailed discussions and analyses that he conducted with excep­tional ease, shed light on the unsolved riddles and paths of the students, making us search deeper for our own spiritual being. Through around the ­clock work to your own living painting – this was his creative credo! He could stimulate, provoke, and simply “infect” you with art. He taught how to celebrate the essential nature of the artist and its greatest ideal, Freedom. The true creator, he used to say, is a captive of his own endless freedom. The act of creation is the deepest form of living, thinking and recording the truth on the other side of illusion. Joy and sadness, beauty and ugliness, happiness and suffering, the divine and the diabolic aspects of man, obtain their deepest meaning in the act of creation...All is one and all is in us!

Nataša Božarova, The decapitated head of St John the Baptistpatinated plaster, 50 x 40 x 30 cm

Nataša Božarova


She was born in Skopje in 1981. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2005. She created several sculptures that adorn public spaces, and took part in numerous exhibitions. She lives in Italy and works as a sculptor.

There are two major earthquakes that profoundly awakened and directed my creative being. The first happened during the exhibition in the Skopje City Museum in 1995, and the second one in the Gallery of the Macedonian Arts and Sciences Academy, in the winter of 2001.In 1995, I was still a child and with my grandfather (a former professor) I toured the gal­leries and libraries of Skopje. One day we visited an exhibition in the Skopje City Museum, which I left feverish with excitement. I didn’t know Vladimir Georgievski, I didn’t know his works, but I did know that his exhibition shook the core of my existence. I still remember, very clearly, the powerful speech of all the angels with whom I spoke at the exhibition, Don Quixote’s triumphant processions, and the infinite grace of Christ’s countenance....“Don’t ever lose the child within you, he would say, while himself being a child with endless awe, curiosity and a primal need for justice. People from the lowest walks of life mattered most to him, he learnt from them about life and death, he shared their suffering and loneliness. He transformed them into saints, angels, and sinners and through them searched for his own arch ­self. Vladimir is the foundation on which many, myself included, had the privilege and honor to develop spiritually and to build our own cosmos. His presence is permanent and irre­placeable.

Marija Pančevska Marinčić, A portrait, aquarelle, 30 x 41 cm

Marija Pančevska Marinčić


She was born in Skopje in 1983. She gradu­ated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2010. She works as an architect in Skopje and Dubrovnik.

Not a day should go by without drawing at least one line!

This sentence he repeated often while we were studying. To access his teach­ing you didn’t have to be a student at the Architecture Faculty. You only had to state your wish to draw, and of course, start to draw. Every day. As if training for a marathon, he insisted on tireless exercise. Discipline and hard work. No waiting for inspiration. You set the stage or you look for it around you, in the classroom, at home, in nature or at a concert. You search for and create a story for all the characters. You look for something intriguing, something that pulls you and you don’t stop until you create a whole. The medium didn’t matter, the essence did, the attempt to explore your own feelings and thoughts. Of course, the work should be anatomically correct, realistic, doable. But there must be balance. This was the method he used for his own exercises. You could often see him at a concert, capturing the music of the musicians with his drawing.It was eternal spring in his studio. Maybe because of the southern orientation (contrary to the rules for designing a painter’s studio), the many works of art or the diversity of his visitors, from fellow painters to regular people, the studio was full of life. You would wait to see him with a mixture of joy and fear, to show him your drawings and to be a part of that spring. In the background there was clas­sical music. Hours and hours of classical music as part of the learning. There was no space for pop music. Nor for trivial things. In the all­ encompassing search for the essential. In the search for ourselves and the joy of everything around us.

Ana Androska, Love, oil on mediapan

Ana Androska


She was born in Skopje in 1982. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje in 2005. She actively paints and has exhibited her works in numerous exhibitions. She also works as a visual communications designer.

To my teacher

To have you as a teacher is a pledge to oneself to perse­vere, have faith and be a bet­ter human being.

Marina Ubavkova, Emi, oil on canvas, 60 x 70 cm

Marina Ubavkova


She was born in Kavadarci in 1987. She graduated from the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje: from its Faculty of Architecture in 2014, and from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2018. She is currently completing her post­graduate studies at the Architecture Faculty of the Ss. Cyril and Merthodius University in Skopje, where she works as an external collaborator.

...One day I was trying to paint an angel, but the canons of icon painting were haunting me. I asked my Teacher how to paint the angel and free myself from the canons. He replied: “paint your own Angel!”. This enlightened me and freed me, but it also put me in front of a huge chal­lenge: to find the Angel within me!I vividly remember his lectures, his words, when he told us that when once we stand in front of the great masters’ works in the big museums, we should learn while observing them. He would tell us how an artist, an architect, needed to learn to speak with houses, buildings, streets... they all have their soul, a story to tell, and are a part of a life, of times they tell about. Only a person with a big heart and pure, true love of God can be a Teacher of his stature!

.This exhibition has been financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of North Macedonia,
and realized by the Association for culture and creative industries development “Tranzen”