Rozalija is a painter. She graduated from the Medical College, and started painting in 1985. Her painting movement is naïve art. She is one of the 21 members of the Gallery of Naïve Art in Kovacica.

Rozalija was patriarchally raised and believes that Serbia needs the father. “Considering that I was patriarchally raised, I know that the father is the head of the house, and that he was the one who knew how, what, when and in which way something should be done. Our society needs a father that knows his children and knows their capabilities so that he can direct them to a job that which is best for them. Also I would like to live in a country where all laws are regulated and upheld, where children are pointed to profiles which the country needs, where the school system is different.”

The positive side of Serbia is its smiling faces. “First I’d start off with the people. They are hospitable, warm, creative, and smiling no matter the situation they are in. We had a manifestation called “Aradac in the hand”, where all creativeness and handiness of the village people were shown, even of the people who make brooms. It was extraordinary. I participated as a painter, but you could also see the women with handmade knit work, winemakers, and all I can say is that it was amazing.”

The paradox is that the worrying side of Serbia is the fact there are sad people. “I notice sad faces sometimes, because they cannot provide enough for their family. What I want to say is, sometimes you only have money for the basic needs, bread and milk, and of course sadness is seen on the faces because generally, everybody wants to provide for their family, at least for the basic needs.”

Rozalija found a way to channel her uniqueness in her paintings. “My happiness, my joy lies in them, and I express everything I feel there. As for the theme, that is the easiest part, because I take inspiration from the memories of my childhood, when people were poor but of bright spirit, hardworking, they helped each other, and when there wasn’t as much alienation as there is now.”


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