Aleksandar Antonijevic was born in Pozarevac, Yugoslavia. He was trained in classical ballet at The National Ballet School in Novi Sad and joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1991. An accomplished international guest artist, Antonijevic has performed with the English National Ballet, Inoue Ballet Japan, Ballet Santiago of Chile and PACT Ballet South Africa.
The artist extended his love of dancing from the stage to the camera, implementing the same principles of form and space into his passion behind the lens. Aleksandar Antonijevic deals primarily with the form of the human body. In his photography, the artist captures that unquantifiable dynamic between two beings, to reveal the inner conversation of a lone model and to explore their meaning and impact on the viewer.
The artist was influenced by the form of ancient Greek monumental sculptures, the work of August Rodin and his ability to model the complexity and the elegance of the human figure; and the highly stylized and provocative contemporary photography of Robert Mapplethorpe.
Describing Aleksandar Antonijevic’s recent body of work, Peter Clothier, art critic for Art News, wrote:
“His images reveal to us, at first sight, the breathtaking beauty of the human form in its perfection; and the dramatic beauty of its ability to reach the absolute limits of its potential. He invites us into the most intimate places of the human anatomy and makes them a matter of pure line and contour. As viewers, we are enchanted by the chiaroscuro, the play of light and dark, the mysterious, quasi-minimalist abstract forms created by those draped figures, tensed against the drapery that enfolds them.”
Aleksandar Antonijevic has exhibited his work, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, April 2012 and at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, June 2012. His solo photography exhibit, inFORMants, part of the 2013 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, held at Berenson Fine Art, received national and international critical acclaim. His latest solo exhibit, smallRETROSPECTIVE, has toured Progres gallery in Belgrade, Serbia as well as Serbian National Theatre, Novi Sad, Serbia in March of 2015.
The artist lives and works in Toronto.