Ivan Grubanov (SRB, 1976) has enjoyed an intense training as an artist, starting out at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts, followed by training programs and residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, the Delfina Studios in London, Casa de Velazquez in Madrid and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 2015, he represented Serbia at the 56th Venice Biennale with his project United Dead Nations.

Ivan Grubanov is constantly trying to innovate the medium of painting. Being born himself in a country with such a turbulent past, he became intrigued by the articulation of historical memory against contemporary conditions. What does his heritage still mean for him today? And in a broader sense how do past cultural values still exist in our current globalised society. His process-oriented painterly method evolves into a podium for knowledge production, persistently posing challenging questions about social and political realities.

Ivan Grubanov has established his international career through numerous solo, group, and biennial exhibitions worldwide, as well as many artistic and scholarly awards. Solo shows include Laboratorio 987 at MUSAC in Leon, Le Grand Cafe Centre d’Art Contemporain in St Nazaire, Gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Center and Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art in Den Haag, Nogueras Blanchard in Barcelona.

Participations in group shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Kiasma in Helsinki, the 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, Stedelijk Museum CS, SMART Project Space and De Appel in Amsterdam, the Drawing Center and Apex Art in New York, City Gallery in Prague, the 50th Belgrade October Salon, the Spa Port Biennial in Banja Luka, the 3rd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, the 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Kunsthalle Bern, Office Baroque and Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Aeroplastics in Brussels, South London Gallery, ARCOS Museum in Benevento, Museum De Beyerd in Breda, Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Iaspis in Stockholm.



  • 2016 University of Leuven/LUCA School of Arts, PhD in Arts, Leuven, BE
  • 2008 Casa de Velazquez, Madrid, Spain
  • 2005 – 2006 Delfina Studio Programme, London, UK
  • 2002 – 2003 RABK / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1996 – 2001 Academy of Fine Arts, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro

Solo shows (selection)

  • 2019 THE EVIL PAINTER, City Gallery of Contemporary Art, Zrenjanin, RS
  • 2019 THE RETURN OF THE NATIONAL, Loock galerie, Berlin, DE
  • 2018 SCARS, Novembar Gallery, Belgrade, RS

  • 2018 COUNTERPICTURING, Art Brussels (with Ron Mandos gallery), Brussels, BE
  • 2017 PAINTING THE NATION, Belgrade Cultural Center, Belgrade, RS
  • 2017 THE SUMMER OF NATIONALISM, Exhibition Hall of the University Library Leuven, Leuven, BE
  • 2016 COLLECTIVE FRACTURES, Funnel Contemporary, Bucharest, RO
  • 2016 SMOKE NATION SCREEN, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2015 BEHIND THE SMOKESCREEN, Loock Galerie, Berlin
  • 2015 UNITED DEAD NATIONS, Serbian Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
  • 2013 CURRENT PASTS (with Vangelis Vlahos, curated by Daphne Vitali), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
  • 2012SMOKESCREENS, Loock Galerie, Berlin
  • 2010 HAUNTING MEMORY (associated project of the Architecture Trienale), MARZ Galeria, Lissabon, Portugal
    SEVEN STUDIES FOR A MEMORIAL, Loock Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 Solo Projects, ARCO, Madrid, Spain
  • 2008 EVIL PAINTER, Loock Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    LABORATORIO 987, MUSAC, Leon, Spain
  • 2007 Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
    KCB Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2006 Nogueras Blanchard Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2005 Stroom Contemporary Art Center, Den Haag, Netherlands
    VISITOR, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2004 STUDY OF MY FATHER, A RELATION TO THE ORIGIN, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    VISITOR, Lawrence O´Hana Gallery, London, UK
    CAGES, Expodium, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 2001 Dvoriste Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 1999 Zlatno Oko, Novi Sad, Serbia-Montenegro

Group shows (selection)

  • 2019
    WHEN THE PRESENT IS HISTORY, Depo Istanbul, Istanbul, TR
    OPEN CEREMONY, Aa29 Project Room, Reggio Emilia, IT
    STAYING HERE WITH YOU – MOVING, Cinema Balkan Center for Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS
    THE AUTUMN SALON, Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzoric, Belgrade, RS
    SCEPANOVIC, ZDRAVKOVIC, GRUBANOV, PERIC,  Gallery Belgrade, Belgrade, RS

  • 2018
    MARVELOUS CACOPHONY, Belgrade Biennial, Belgrade City Museum, RS
    BETWEEN US, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, RS
    POST-TRUTH, National Museum, Cetinje, MN
    MATERIALITY OF THE PAINTERLY EVENT, Athens City Arts Center, Athens. GR
    THE WORLD ON PAPER, Museum Palais Populaire, Berlin, DE
    FORM, Belgrade City Museum, Application, Art, , Belgrade, RS
    COLOR LUCIDA, Serbian Cultural Center Paris, Paris, FR
  • 2017
    NEW AQUISITIONS, Pancevo Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, RS
    FOUR DIRECTIOS, Aa 29 Project Room, Caserta, IT
    STAYING HERE WITH YOU, a performance with Katia Schenker,Residency of the Swiss Ambasador, Belgrade, RS
    LIMITI – CONFINI, Museo del Duomo, Milan, IT
    I TRAVELLED THE WORLD ON SEVEN SEAS, Royal Atheneum Antwerp, Anwerp, BE
  • 2016
    17th Pancevo Biennial, SEE Art Gates, Pancevo, RS
    Art Brussels, with Ron Mandos gallery
    Art Rotterdam, with Ron Mandos gallery
  • 2015
    CONSTELLATION, Serbian Cultural Center Paris, Paris, FR
    STUDY FOR A MEMORIAL, Outside Gallery Apolo, Pancevo, RS
    BONTON: Dobro odrzavanje i lepo ponasanje, Cultural Center of Belgrade, Belgrade, RS
    NEW HORIZONS, Naval Heritage Collection, Porto Montenegro, Tivat, ME
  • 2014
    16th Pancevo Biennial, Pancevo, RS
    DIEZ AÑOS DESPUÉS, MUSAC (Museo de arte contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon), Leon, ES
    IN BOCCA AL LUPO, CREPI CREPI, Cultural Center of Cyprus in Athens, Athens, GR
    ROAD TO EUROPE / I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE WAR, Clovic Castle Gallery, Zagreb, HR
    ENACTING PROTEST?, STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven, BE
    THE GOOD CAUSE, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art, The Hague, NL
    SQUARES, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
    CELEBRITIES, Loock Galerie, Berlin, DE
  • 2013WIR ÜBERSCHREITEN DEN RUBIKON, Ostrale ´013, Dresden
    GENESIS, 9. Inspiracje Festival, Szczecin, PL
    WE ARE EVERYTHING FOR EACH OTHER (curated by Maja Ciric), Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, UK
    PRESLISAVANJE 10 (curated by Sasa Janjic, Miroslav Karic, Slobodan Jovanovic), Remont Gallery, Belgrade, RS
  • 2012 REALITY BITES (curated by Eija Aarnio, Leevi Haapala, Saara Hacklin, Patrik Nyberg, Jonna Strandberg), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finnland
    A GATHERING (curated by Maria Thalia and Olga Hatzidaki), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Griechenland
    REFERENCING HISTORY, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, VAE
    THAT PASSES BETWEEN US (curated by Lala Rascic), Good Children Gallery, New Orleans
    PRIVATE VIEW, Loock Galerie, Berlin
  • 2011Apexart, THE WALLS THAT DIVIDE US (curated by Miguel Amado), New York, USA
    Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, DONUMENTA 2011- SERBIEN: VIEWS/ VISIONS, Regensburg, Germany
    Extra City, DRAWING DOCUMENTS, Antwerpen, Belgium
    The 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers (FIAC), Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers, DZ, (curated by Nadira Laggoune)
    MOCAK, HISTORY IN ART (curated by Maria Anna Potocka), Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, PL
    MARZ Galeria, THIN AIR, Lisbon, PT
    SELEKTIONSEFFEKTE, Blainsouthern Berlin, DE
  • 2010DRAWING DOCUMENTS (curated by Anselm Franke), Extra City-Kunsthal, Antwerpen, Belgium
    POLITICS OF ART (curated by Anna Kafetsi), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athen, Greece
    MORALITY, ACT 3, AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS (kuratiert von Zoe Gray), Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    MORALITY, ACT 3, AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS (kuratiert von Zoe Gray), Apex Art, New York, USA
    ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR: THE SOCIAL AT THE BERARDO COLLECTION (curated by Miguel Amado), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lissabon, Portugal
  • 2009MONUMENT TO TRANSFORMATION, City Gallery Prague, Prag, Tschechische Republik
    COURTISANE FESTIVAL, Film, Video & Media Art, Arts Center Vooruit, Gent, Belgium
    PUERTAS ABIERTAS, Casa de Velazquez, Madrid, Spain
    CIRCUMSTANCE, Belgrade Cultural Centre, The 50th October Salon, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    The Matrix: An Unstable Reality, 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slowenien
    WHERE EVERITHING IS YET TO HAPPEN, Spaport Biennial, Banja Luka BH, (curated by Antonia Majaca, Ivana Bago, Anselm Franke)
  • 2008BETWEEN THE IMAGES, Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden
    3rd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists (curated by Ami Barak), Bukarest, Romania
    Spa Port, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina
    NO LEFTOVERS, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    WASTELAND, Hattyúház Galéria, Pécs, Hungary
    SIGNALS IN THE DARK: ART IN THE SHADOW OF WAR, Blackwood Gallery University of Toronto at Mississauga, Toronto, Canada
    HEADLINES & FOOTNOTES, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway
    ITALY ITALIEN, WLOCHY, ARCOS Contemporary Art Museum Sannio, Benevento, Italy
    SELECTIVE KNOWLEDGE, Institute for Contemporary Art and Thought, Athen, Greece
  • 200710th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
    DRAWING TYPOLOGIES (curated by Roel Arkesteijn), Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    HETEROTOPIAS (curated by Jan Erik Lundstorm), 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece
    ALABAMA, Office Baroque, Antwerpen, Belgium EVERY WIND THAT BLOWS, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    GROUND LOST, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Switzerland
    SPEAKERS, Aeroplastics Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2006HISTOIRE(S) (curated by Sophie Legrandjacques), Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, France
    REMBRANDT: DEATH, DISSECTION & DOCTORS, Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    COMMON DESTINATIONS (curated by Katherine Carl), Drawing Center, Selections Fall, New York, USA
    Pancevo Biennial, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (curated by Margot Heller, Jens Hoffman, Kit Kammonds and Claire Fitzsimmons), South London Gallery, London, UK
    SWEET TABOOS (curated by Edi Muka), Apex Art, New York, USA
    PSW AR, PIXELS OF REALITY, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Everyday Every Other Day, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada
    MRKS & SPNCR, Delfina Studios, London, UK
    AMBIVALENT TRUTHS, Serious Interests Agency, London, UK
    AFFINITY BY CHOICE, KCB Belgrade, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    INTERRUPTED HISTORIES, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    VILLA JELMINI, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • 2005 SWEET TABOOS, Tirana Bienale, Tirana, Albania
    INFORMATION/TRANSFORMATION, Extra City, Antwerpen, Belgium
    OFF-KEY, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
    20/21, Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje, Macedonia
    20/21, Zvono Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    Manif d’Art, 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Quebec, Canada
    VALUES, Espace Culturel Francois Mitterand, Perigueux, France
    GALA OF THE YEAR, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    CODED CULTURES, Freiraum, Museumsquartier, Wien, Austria
    UNTITLED AS YET, The Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, Vrsac, Serbia-Montenegro
    VALUES, 11th Biennial of Visual Arts, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    SHARE LIKE A RECEIPT, Center in Galerija P74, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    VIDEO STUDIO, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Den Haag, Netherlands
    ART Rotterdam, Smart Project Space Stand, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Smart Project Space, ART Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2003MARTHA COLBURN, IVAN GRUBANOV, BAS LOUTER, SERGE ONEN-FUSE, Museum De Beyerd, Breda, Netherlands
    RABK, Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    REGIONAL-UNIVERSAL, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2002RABK, Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    VIOLENCE-SILENCE, US Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
    RENDEZVOUS IN XIAMEN, Chinese-European Art Center, Xiamen, China
    VIOLENCE – MEMORY, Goethe Institut, Tel Aviv, Israel
    VIOLENCE, N.S.A. Gallery, Durban, South Africa
    SILENCE, Nieubethesda, Great Karoo, South Africa
    FAKE OR REAL, Outline & Kunstruimte NP40, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    GLASS, KCB Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP 35 WINTER SALON, Josip Bepo Benkovic Gallery, Herceg Novi, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2001INTERNATIONAL TRIENNAL OF DRAWINGS, The Modern Gallery, Rijeka, Croatia
    RESISTANCES AND CONFRONTATIONS, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia-Montenegro
    31. SALON OF PANCEVO, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    OPEN SENSUALITY, Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    11th BELEF, Barutana, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    GLASS, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    UNDER CONSTRUCTION, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowsky, Warschau, Poland
  • 2000SHORT ELECTRONIC FORM FAIR, Rex, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    INSIDE-OUTSIDE, Zacheta Gallery, Warschau, Poland
    OPEN SENSUALITY, Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    30. OCTOBER SALON, Dvoriste Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    10th BELEF, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    NOT A DAY WITHOUT A LINE, Graphic Collective Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 1999THE END OF THE EPISODE, SULUJ Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    International Festival of Young Independent Artists, BREAK 21, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    29. OCTOBER SALON, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    250 EUROPEAN ARTWORKS, Palazzo Piazzoni, Vittorio Veneto, Italy
    COLLECTION OF GCA GALLERY PANCEVO, Marko Gregovic Gallery, Petrovac, Serbia-Montenegro
    PROJECT AAAAAAAAAAA, KUD France Presern, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    BETWEEN TWO AIR-RAIDS, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
, Serbia-Montenegro
    28. OCTOBER SALON, Cinema Apolo, Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
    Konkordija, 3. Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, Vrsac, Serbia-Montenegro
    De Valigia-International Travelling Exhibition, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
    BREAK 21, International Festival of Young Independent Artists, Ljubljana, Slowenien
    9th BIENNIAL OF DRAWINGS, Student City Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro

Scholars / Fellowships

  • 2012-2013 Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture of Lower Saxony for Artistic Research, Hannover, DE
  • 2008  Scholarship Casa de Velazquez, French Institute in Madrid, ES
  • 2005Delfina Studio Trust Award, London, UK
  • 2002 – 2003 RABK / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2001‘Award of 31st Salon of Pancevo’ for video, Pancevo

, Serbia-Montenegro

  • 2000 ‘Award of 30th October Salon for video artwork’ Pancevo, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 1999‘Award for poster’
 World’s Health Organization, Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 1997‘Award for best drawing’, Patagonija Magazine, Vrsac, Serbia-Montenegro


  • 2006Affinity by choice, Speech in front of the National Parliament Building, Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2003W139, Amsterdam, with Paulina Olowska
  • 2004 NEURO, Muffathalle, München, Germany VPRO Television, NL, Smart Project Space selection

  • 2001 FLUX 01, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro ARTme, Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina Mikrokino Fest, SKC, Belgrad, Serbia-Montenegro
  • 2000 VideoGong Festival, Culture House Gorizia, Gorizia hEXPO, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia Soldier’s Tale (Performance in Stravinsky’s opera), Beton-Hala Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia-Montenegro


Unnation, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg-Berlin, as author, 2016

 United Dead Nations, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, texts by Lidija Merenik, Ana Bogdanovic, Peter Vermeersch, 2015

 The Evil Painter, Verlag Fuer Moderne Kunst Nuernberg, texts by Charles Esche, Philippe Pirotte, Ivan Grubanov, 2008

Documents Grubanov, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, editor Martijntje Hallman, text by Ivan Grubanov, 2006

 Visitor, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade/Kunsthalle Bern, texts by Gerardo Mosquera, Marina Martic, Philippe Pirotte, Ivan Grubanov, 2005