Nina Sumarac is a Serbian-Cypriot multidisciplinary social visual artist based in Cyprus, with a background in fine art, painting and mechanical engineering.

Her work questions the very nature of daily global and bio-political narratives which form the fabric of our consciousness and, in a sense, are the revisitation of past experiences. By articulating them through a poetic and often metaphorical lens, Sumarac uses a critical approach and visual vocabulary that pieces together a variety of social and political issues, questioning how we embody socially constructed stereotypes on a personal and collective plane in an endeavour to develop new ways of thinking. 

“Combining my passion for engineering, fine art, and philosophy, my current evolution focuses on intermedia art, integrating new media and technologies with varied artistic practices as a means of seeking out ways of healing and empowerment. I am interested in investigating what it means to be human in the present era of new technologies, examining ideologies related to personal, social, and political boundaries, as well as the relation between organic and AI organisms/algorithms, and the power struggles arising from these debates.”

She attended the Polytechnic University for New Technologies in New Belgrade, where she studied mechanical engineering and computer numerical control systems. She earned a BFA from Buckinghamshire New University in the United Kingdom, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art from Cyprus College of Art in Larnaca.

Sumarac is a multi-awarded artist. Her works are in permanent collections of the State Gallery of Contemporary Cyprus Art, Municipal Gallery Limassol, Byzantium Museum in Nicosia and private collections.

Since 2001 Sumarac has had ten solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous international exhibitions. 

For more than fifteen years Sumarac had worked on experimental films and animation production by Toonachunks animation studio with which today she collaborates.

She is one of three founders of the contemporary art group Arboreal Collective.

 

 

Education:

1986/87-91 Computer numerical control systems, CNC Systems, Polytechnic University for New Technologies, New Belgrade

1988-1991 Painting Certificate, Polytechnic University for New Technologies, New Belgrade, tutor Natasa Brkic,

1991/92 -96 Mechanical engineering in CNC Operating Systems  at Polytechnic University for NT, New Belgrade 

2006-2007 Cyprus College of Art, Limassol – ASET Certificate in Fine Art

2007-2009  Buckinghamshire New University and Open College of Art, UK with OCA Award for Painting

2009-2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts  at Cyprus College Of Art, Larnaca

 

 

Associations:

ULUPDS - The Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia

E.KA.TE. (IAA)- The Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts, Nicosia Cyprus

 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2001 Colors and Textures, Old Library, Limassol, CY

2004 Letters Home, Old Library, Limassol, CY

2006 No Place Like Home, Pi, Limassol,CY

2008 My Animal and Other Families at RouanArt Gallery Limassol CY opened by Dr Nadia Anaxagorou

2012 Neometano Zurenje  curated by Natasa Brkic at SKC Novi Beograd, Beograd, SERBIA

2013 Uninterrupted Stare at RouanArt Gallery Limassol opened by Helen Black

2014 Uninterrupted Stare at Altstadthalle Gallery, Zug, Switzerland; opening

2015 Uninterrupted Stare – Daemons at Mala Galerija ULUPDSa , Belgrade, Serbia

2015 Polychrome with Rodica Lomnasan at Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art, Paphos

2015 Uninterrupted Stare - Daemons at Galerie d'Art - Art.Culture, Bordeaux, France

2022 I'll See You In The Trees, Estação – Associação Cultural, Canelas-Estarreja, Portugal. 

Curating and organization the exhibitions with Arboreal Collective art team in collaboration with Lab for Animation Research (LAR) Department of the Fine Arts, Cyprus University of Technology.:

2022 "The Forest Project" NeMe Arts Centre participating with the work "I'll See You in The Trees"

Selected Group Exhibitions, Residencies and Workshops:

2004    “UNCLAIMED LUGGAGE” Nomadifesta Lusignan Hall, Nicosia curated by Klitza Anthoniou ARTRAGEOUS GROUP

2007     Artists Group CINEMA No.1 ART STUDIO 55, Limassol by Pegasus Art Foundation

2008 

YK:EM Selfportrait at NIMAC (Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre)(OLD Power House) curated by Sofia Hadzipapa

2012

 VINAIGRETTE, The ARTHOUSE 59, CY

 "EROS.art" Art Studio 55 by Pegasus Art Foundation 

 "2nd women painters exhibition" at  Pyrgos Congress, Nicosia selected by Mary Pyrgos

 I SANTORINI BIENNALE OF ARTS 2012, Santorini, Greece, Art Curator Simon Tarrant UK,

I.D EURO SIGNS & ICONS, Pegasus Art Foundation, CY

2013

PREMIER LEAGUE, Art Point , Limassol CY Art curator  Raymond Wilson

IV International exhibition of miniature, Majdan Art at The House of Emigrants and Serbs in the region, Belgrade

2014 

The IV Biennale of Contemporary Drawing of Serbia at Historical Archive Pancevo, Serbia

Five new and three very young artists curated by Andros Efstathiou, IsNotGallery, Nicosia, CY

Lush Art in Austere Times curated by Andros Efstathiou, IsNotGallry, Nicosia, CY

ULUPUDS  Gallery SULUJ, Belgrade

PREMIER LEAGUE curated by Raymond Wilson,  Lello's Point, Limassol, CY

XII International Women Painters Cultural Centar  Majdanpek ,Serbia,

The Inauguration of the Cultural Center of Strovolos, Nicosia, CY

II SANTORINI BIENNALE OF ARTS 2012 curated by K. Papadopoulos & G. Frangos, Santorini, Greece

42. World Gallery of Drawing, OSTEN BIENNIAL OF DRAWING Skopje 2014, Macedonian Academy of Arts

V International Exhibition Art in miniature MajdanArt 2014, Belgrade

"Limiere de paux",UN, Palais des Nations, Geneva,  Switzerland

The Modern Drawing, Galerija SKC, Belgrade, Serbia

50th anniversary of E.KA.TE , Dimotiki Pinakothiki Larnaca, Famagusta Gate – Nicosia, Old Power House, Pafos &

The Evagoras Center, Limassol

Altstadthalle Gallery, Zug, Switzerland

2015

Lush Art in Austere Times, IsNotGallery, Nicosia

Technopolis 20, Pafos  exhibition Woman and Art

"Minor Asia" The Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia

DRAWING ROOM Rouan Gallery, Limassol 

T.I.N.A. Lisbon, Los Angeles & San Paulo, Honorable Mention of the Jury  

2016

6th Lessandra, Sofia, Bulgaria

Small Format ,  House of Djure Jaksica, Belgrade, KC Ivanjica, Jagodina, Zrenjan, V.Plana, S.Pazova,Krusevac and Aleksinac

13th International Biennial of miniature, Cultural Centre Gornji Milanovac, Serbia

2nd FRESH -The Modern Portrait, JanKossen Contemporary gallery New York

44. World Gallery of Drawing, OSTEN BIENNIAL OF DRAWING Skopje 2014, Macedonian Academy of Art

2nd LYNX International Art prize by The Associazione Culturale IL SESTANTE (A.C.I.S.)  Trieste (Italy

Lokarjeva galery, Ajdovščina, Slovenia

Horizons, Exhibition of fresh contemporary drawing in Serbia, Great Hall of SKC, Belgrade, Serbia

2017    

Sala degli Archi of the New Fortress, Livorno, Italy

CICA Museum, South Korea, 2017, CICA 미술관은 , Czong Institute for Contemporary Art

Social Art Award, Berlin Germany

October Salon, Cvijeta Zuzorić Art Pavilion, Belgrade Serbia

49th GOLDEN PEN OF BELGRADE, THE 14th INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF ILLUSTRATION 2017, Gallery Progres, Beograd

Traditional-Modern, SKC Belgrade

The exhibition 'In Honor of epic Cypriot poet Vassilis Michaelidis', curator Nadia Anexegorou, Limassol Municipal Gallery

Horizons, Progress, Belgrade

Salon D 'Automne, En Plo Gallery/The Old Powerhouse, Paphos

2018   

Book 'In Honor to  Vassilis Michaelidis' by Nadia Anexegorou, Limassol Municipal Gallery

Lush Art In Austere Times,  Isnotgallery, Nicosia, curator A.Efstathiou

Salon d'automine, IFC French Institute - Collection Gallery, Nicosia, curated by Michèle Ansermet Papadopoulos

The victim as a cultural expression, 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference of the ICSAH Foundation,

      curators  Umberto  Mondini and Andros Efstathiou,   Cornaro Institute Limassol

Re-writing the Constitution, A seven days workshop and performance, coordinated by Boris Bakal, Ellada Eva,

       Maria Kyriakou, and Maria Varnakkidou at  Yard Residency 18, Limassol, CY

18th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh 2018, Shilpakala Academy Dhaka, Bangladesh

            Keeping a Secret at Palia Ilektriki, Larnaca, curated by Miriam Mc Connon

Civilian Sensitivities, A workshop by curators Sigal Barkai, Israel and Yiannis Toumazis, NIMAC, Nicosia, CY

1st Larnaca Biennial 2018, Container & Content, curators Vassilis Vassiliades,Tonia Loizou and Michail Elia, Larnaca, Cyprus

            A one-day workshop with Eleana Alexandrou during Open House Festival 2018, Dance House, Limassol 

           

2019

 Lush Art In Austere Times,  Isnotgallery, Nicosia, curator A.Efstathiou 

 Dubinski crtez (Deep drawing), workshop with Goran Stojčetovic, Remont, Beograd

 Memories (20 years from NATO Attack on Serbia) SKC, Belgrade

 The exhibition and publication LIKOVNI ATLAS2, Contemporary Serbian Artists,

         building of National Bank Serbia, Belgrade. Curated by  Slobodan Maldini

 Through Machine Eyes at NeMe, Limassol. Curated by James Bridle, Helene Black and Yiannis Colakides

 Research, Acting and Dramatization - with Pavlos Kountouriotis

 Performance Workshop with Philippos Tsitsopoulos, TEPAK Fine Arts Lab, Dr Andonis Danos

 Performance for the video installation “TIME b” by Suzana Phialas

2020

 ATLAS of Particles-Are you … (predictable)?, Pavilion CVIJETA ZUZORIĆ, Curated by ULUS Expanded Media Section

2021

UVID 21 ( Insight 21), The Old Kluz Building, Belgrade curator Neda Radoicic, May Exhibition ULUPUDS

Our DNA, curated show Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

“IT NEVER HAPPENED!” The Old Cinema Balkan, Belgrade, curated by  ULUS, Department of expanded media

         curators Milica Lapčević, Milos Peskir, Dusan Radovanovic, Neda Kovinic

"1821: Collective memories" Limassol Municipal Arts Center- Apothikes Papadaki

DeSiderata curated by Samantha Benedetti and Enea Chersicola, Androna Campo, Trieste, Italy

Exhibition STATE OF EMERGENCY  -The 90th Autumn Exhibition of ULUS Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzorić", Belgrade

         Curation Art Council of ULUS with art historians Dr Dejan Sretenović and Dr Jelena Stojanović.

2022   

Stories of Intimicy curator Mariza Bargilly,  Limassol Municipal Arts Centre, Limassol

The Forest Project by Arboreal Collective at NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol

dig(id)entities reimagined, NFT exhibition, Gallery NO Concept, Belgrade

              IDMAA MEDIA ART: WEIRD MEDIA, Curator Patrick Lichty, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota, USA 

UNRELEASED MATERIALS, 6th International Triennial of expanded media, ULUS Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzorić", Belgrade 

"Ode to Earth" at Estação – Associação Cultural,Curated by A. Conte, C. Mateus and J. Queiroz Canelas-Estarreja, Portugal.

“Forest and Life” Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, organized by YATOO, Gongju-si, South Korea

INSTINC D: Art Festival. Physical and Metaverse Gallery curators: Aleksandra Jovanić, Icki and Teng Yen Hui, Singapore

VIDEOAKTION #3,attaque(e)r le visible, Raum für drastische Maßnahmen · Oderstr. 34 · Berlin-Friedrichshain

fu:bar 2k22 screening program GLITCH CINEMA, curator: Ejla KOVAČEVIĆ, Zagreb, Croatia

ReA! Art Fair 2022 Curator: Paola Shiamtani. Fabricca Del Vapore, Milan, Italy

TERRA at Espacio Gallery. Curator Judit Prieto. London

Rare Effect led by Arroz Estúdios & Art Progression Now Lisbon, Portugal

Art and Society, Ecology as a Collective Sculpture, The International Performance Art Festival for Ecology and Sustainable                                        Development Cameroon. Artistic Director Raphaël Christian Etongo.  Yaoundé, Cameroon 

2023

Art Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy

Awards, Museums and National Galleries:

2002    Cyprus Republic for the Limassol Municipal Art Gallery has purchased ‘Painting 21’ (Letters home)

2006    State Gallery of Contemporary Cyprus Art has purchased the work ‘Prrrrrr ‘(No Place Like Home)

2013    Historical Archive Pancevo, Serbia. Portrait No.34 (Uninterrupted Stare) become part of the permanent collection of the                           museum

2014    The Mention of the Jury Award at IV International Miniature Art, Serbia for ‘Portrait No.20’ (Uninterrupted Stare)

2014    The 1st Prize in Digital Art at XII International Women Painters, Serbia for ‘Portrait No.02’ (Uninterrupted Stare)

2014    OSTEN World Gallery of Drawing, Skoplje – ‘Portrait No.23’ (US) become part of the permanent collection of the museum

2014    Cyprus Republic for the Limassol Municipal Art Gallery has purchased Portrait No.30 (Uninterrupted Stare- Daemons)

2015    T.I.N.A. Lisbon, Los Angeles & San Paulo, Honorable Mention of the Jury  

 ‘Within Love or Sorrow, There Ain't Virgins’ became part of the permanent collection of The Byzantine Museum of Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia         

2015    T.I.N.A. This Is Not ArtPrize, Lisbon, Los Angeles & San Paulo, Honourable Mention of the Jury 

2016    1st Prize in Digital Art selected by The Associazione Culturale IL SESTANTE  for The LYNX Prize 2016, Trieste, Italy

                    for the work ‘Nothing compares to you’ Multiverse

2020   The State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art has purchased the work ‘Nothing compares to you’ Multiverse

2021 The Municipal Gallery Limassol has purchased the work (Kokino Kiklo II) Residual Heroines: Manto, Multiverse

2022  first prize-winning work I'll See You in The Trees  at the open call "Ode to Earth" selected by Angella Conte, Cristina Mateus and João Queiroz, Estação – Associação Cultural, Canelas-Estarreja, Portugal

 

 

 

Publications:

2004 “Letters Home” by Nina Sumarac

2006 “Antikvarnica Duse” Cover for the Poetry book by Natalija Jakovljevic

2012 “Γυναικα” art catalog , PYRGOS Congress, Nicosia

2012  I.D. EURO multi.cult, art catalogue Pegasus Art Foundation

2014  # 3  issue Straw Dogs magazine  issue February 2014 Text by Yiota Panayiotou, pages 52-56

2014  Atlas Of Applied Arts, Artists and Designers Of Serbia  - The 21st Century,  Maldini, publisher Japan Society

2015  # 5  issue Straw Dogs magazine, 4 illustrations for the poems of Yiorgos Seratons

2016 FRESH! 2016 THE MODERN PORTRAIT catalogue, Jankossen Contemporary New York

2016 Artist catalogue by The Associazione Culturale IL SESTANTE  for The LYNX Prize 2016 , Trieste, Italy

2017 ArtAscent Magazine, February 2017, Portrait issue, Pages 76 & 77

2017 Social Art Award catalogue, Berlin Germany

2017 7th Premio Combat Prize catalogue, Livorno, Italy

2018 "In the winds of the hidden, Vassilis Michaelides: Visual and poetic extensions" by Dr Natia Anaxagorou, Head of Cultural Services of the Municipality of Limassol and curator of the exhibition in honour of hundred years anniversary of the poet Vasilis Mihailidis, held at the Limassol Municipal Gallery (10/11/2017. – 31/05/2018), and Lefteris Papaleontiou, a university and researcher of Cypriot literature

2021 Exhibition catalogue UVID21 (Insight 21), May Exhibition ULUPUDS

2021 Exhibition catalogue 'Stories of Intimicy' Municipal Gallery Limassol

2021 Exhibition catalogue STATE OF EMERGENCY  -The 90th Autumn Exhibition of ULUS

2022  Work presentation and a personal Interview at the Special edition of LandEscape Art magazine, UK

 

 

 

 

Press:

2004 March 19-25 The Cyprus Weekly “Letters Home” text by Glyn Hughes, page 19;// 2004 March 21 Sunday’s POLITIS, CY “Letters Home” text by Dr Nadia Anaxegorou (linguist MA from Cambridge and a PhD Oxford University. cultural director of the Limassol Municipality), page41;// 2004 July SINTESEIS Magazine, CY, page 158;//2006 by Glyn Hughes The Cyprus weekly, November 24;//.2006 10. November CITY magazine text by Xenia Tsiamanta;// 2006 LIDER Business Magazine Moscow No26 “Sva njena traganja” pages 32-35, text by S.Moskovljevic;// 2006 November TIME OUT Cyprus Magazine text by arte editor Xenia Tsiamanta ;// 2010 March April STIL GIZNI The Russian Magazine in Cyprus, “NINA” pages 75,76;// 2008 March 16, SEVEN Magazine CY text by Anna Hassapi ,pages60&61;// 2008 March Lemesorame, CY ,No27 , “Painting Exhibition By Nina Sumarac”, page 41;// 2008 May Lemesorame, CY ,No29, “Nina Sumarac – one choice to proceed realty “ interview by art editor Simoni, pages54,55;// 2008 March TimeOut Cyprus, No74 text by Xenia Tsiamanta;// 2008 March/April “STIL” Cyprus Russian Magazine text by Tatiana Kasas;// 2012 Oktober NINA ŠUMARAC: NEOMETANO BULJENJE, IZLOŽBA CRTEŽA UGLJENOM at http://www.skc.org.rs/izlozbe/2316-nina;// 2013 February «Uninterrupted Stare» από τη Νίνα Σούμαρακ ,Kathimerini 20.02.2013 14:12 http://www.kathimerini.com.cy/;// 2013 February «Uninterrupted Stare» από τη Νίνα Σουμαρακ 19/02/2013 at http://www.parathyro.com/uninterrupted-stare/;// 2013 March A minute with Nina Sumarac Jablonsky ArtistCyprus Mail Friday, March 22nd 2013;// 2013Jun, STRAW DOGS Magazine, CY 3rd issue, Text by Yiota Panayiotou, pages 52-56  // 1.4.2013.Exhibition UNINTERRUPTED STARE by Nina Sumarac. Rouan Art Gallery at MARIA ECHO INSPIRED LIFE blog// Straw Dogs magazine issue # 4  February 2014//January 2015 HELLO Magazine Serbia//Straw Dogs magazine issue # 5  February 2015 //2015  art Magazin LIKOVNI ZIVOT, Belgrade no 148, page 63// Jun. 10th 2016 Parathyro, Politis Έργα της Σερβοκύπριας ζωγράφου Nina Sumarac στην γκαλερί JanKossen στη Νέα Υόρκη // August  12th 2016 CY Weekly interview with Melissa Hekkers,page 36&37// 

 

 

Work in film and animation:

from 2001-2013 working as an artist production assistant on numerous 2D animation adverts in production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2005 working as Production assistant , artist Production assistant / artist in short animation film "ANIMAL BEHEVIOUR" , production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos, Awards:• Animation Honour - Cyprus International Film Festival (March 2006)• Best Animation Film Award - The 29th Short Film Festival, Drama, Greece (September 2006)• Best Animation & Experimental film Award - Cyprus short & documentary film Festival (February 2007),• The Greek Government Quality Awards – nominee - 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (November 2006),Awarded : Animation Honour - Cyprus International Film Festival (March 2006); Best Animation Film Award - The 29th Short Film Festival, Drama, Greece (September 2006); Best Animation & Experimental film Award - Cyprus short & documentary film Festival (February 2007); The Greek Government Quality Awards – nominee - 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (November 2006);/// 2005 digital scanning and structuring of pictures in Documentary, stop-frame motion films for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sculpture Symposium Limassol CY, production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2006 working as artist on coloring in short experimental film "TAXI" - IDEODROME 2006 , production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2007 acting, sound ,editing and technical support on short experimental film "TRIP TO THE MOON 2" - IDEODROME 2007, production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2009 working in photoshop; for documentary, experimental, short, stop-frame motion, animation film "10 YEARS OF RIALTO, 2009", production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2009 frame preparation & research on short experimental film "DRESS QUEST III", Ideodromio 2009, production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos/// 2016 working as production assistant research preparation for animation film La soup, production "TOONACHUNKS" Nicos Synnos, 2016

Teaching at Art Classes from 2005