The TransformaTivat project is so conceived to see electricity cabinets as blank canvases brimming with creative potential, inviting for artistic expression to be enjoyed by all. Painted by local artists, the cabinets located along the promenade stretch from Pine to Kalimanj, seek to add a touch of beauty to Tivat’s urban landscape.
The project focuses on the local community, attempting to improve the neighbourhood visual appeal. Its primary goal is to bring art into the unexpected places, and bring joy to everyday life.
Apart from the visual appeal offered freely to any passer-by, this is also a form of social activism. Each box is unique and distinct, expressive of the individual artistic character, and guided by the universal idea that we are not alone in the world. The works are also wake-up calls in quest for truth: we are all, with everything we do, directly responsible for the planet Earth, the nature and all living things.
The TransformaTivat tour is an offer for an eye-appealing excursion, for locals and visitors alike, to explore and enjoy adorned cabinets as mini works of public art. The tour is a perfect opportunity for family activities, for cyclists and all those enjoying murals, public and street art.
About artists and their works
Vladimir Jovićević was born in 1987 in Podgorica. He started painting at an early age. He attended the painting school at the Centre for Culture Tivat. After finishing the grammar school in Kotor, Vladimir moved to Italy, where he took his degree at the Accademia di belle arti di Terni, and continued his professional development in realistic painting. He attended the Florence Academy of Art, where he was also engaged as a student assistant. He got an award from the Academy that came with the free use of a studio and the possibility for further advancement.
At the end of his studies, he got the best painting award for the portrait “Rocio”. Since 2013 he has been teaching a course at the Intensive Drawing Programme at the Florence Academy of Art.
His paintings are held in private collections in London, New York, Anchorage and Barcelona.
Tanja Nikolić was born in Kotor in 1982. She showed interest in painting, drawing and modelling since early childhood. After graduating from secondary school, she enrolled the Arts Academy at Široki brijeg, the Graphics Department. Apart from painting and graphics, she is also involved in photography, applied arts, making of souvenirs and carnival masks. She introduced herself to the audience with the “Searching into the Infinity” exhibition displayed in Tivat, Lustica, Perast, Budva, Bar, Podgorica and Bijelo Polje. The exhibition “Waiting”, displayed in Tivat and in Mimara Museum in Zagreb, was born in collaboration with Anton Gula Markovic. She took part in several collective exhibitions. Tanja lives and works in Tivat.
Jana Frkaš was born on January 19, 1988 in Belgrade. She got a degree from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, the Painting Department in 2016. Apart from painting, book illustrations and sculpture are her passions, something discovered only recently as her prospective path. She illustrated five books, two of which she authored. One of these books was promoted at the Belgrade Book Fair. Farkas is a self-taught digital illustrator, with a wide ranging opus of digital drawings and illustrations.
The books she illustrated include:
Dnevnik jednog Zigija (Zigi’s Journal), published by Solaris in 2019 (40 illustrations presented at the Belgrade Book Fair)
Just A Black Bird, a digital book with 10 illustrations (available at Kobo and Amazon, translated into English)
Duhova priča (A Ghost’s Story), an illustrated booklet for children and adults, 50 illustrations, with Farkas as the author, self-published.
Duhove istine (Ghost’s Truths), in preparation for publishing.
A visiting illustrator with three illustrations in the book by Slavko Luković, O čašici uz čašicu (About a Drink over a Drink), published in 2019.
Farkas participated in many group exhibitions, and she also tutors children for admission into fine art academies.
Hana Mirkov was born in 1989 in Split. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cetinje and is currently a postgraduate student at the Accademia di belle arti di Bari, Italy. So far she has had 8 autonomous exhibitions and over 50 collective ones, 6 charity exhibitions and took part in 4 urban landscape upgrade projects. Hana has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro since 2012 and took part in a dozen or so colonies in Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
She won numerous awards and honours, including:
2006 – Golden Palette – Small Montmartre of Bitola, Macedonia.
2007 – The World of Art, Celje, Slovenia, at the 12th international exhibition of artworks under the theme “Who am I”.
2011 – first prize at the Faculty of Economy, Podgorica, Montenegro, the exhibition entitled “Meetings” for the painting “Prostor u kom sam” (The Space Surrounding Me)
2014 – her work “Birds” was published in the prestigious catalogue Calendaro Gutenberg 2014, Mediterranean Dream, followed by exhibitions in Rome, Milan, and the Region of Salermo, Italy.
2015 – a monograph “Painters from Tivat”, a collection of local painters over the last 40 years, Tivat, Montenegro
Iva Gopčević Čelanović
Iva Gopcevic Čelanović was born in 1980 in Kotor. As a free artist, she engages both in artwork and youth activism at the local and international levels. Through the projects delivered by the NGO Creative Centre Tivat, that she initiated, she has worked with children, youth and women in informal education and art and culture programmes since 2011.
Iva studied drawing and painting with renowned painters in Tivat, Belgrade and Novi Sad. She participated in a dozen or so collective exhibitions. She finds inspiration in the images of the Boka Bay, people that surround her and the olive tree.
Zoran Kruta was born on August 16, 1985 in Kotor. In 2012 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, the Painting Department, in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The same year he became a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Montenegro. In 2014 he started working for the Centre for Culture Tivat, and since 2018 he has been with the Public Institution Museums and Galleries of Tivat as a museum pedagogue.
He is currently on master studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, the Painting Department, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He had several autonomous and collective exhibitions and participated to several art colonies in the country and in the region.
He is active in creative and artistic activities with children and youth. He lives and works in Tivat.