Nena was born on September 28th, 1973 in Ivanjica,Serbia. The daughter of an engineer, painter and wood craftsman, Nena grew up being amazed by the art created around her. The arts existed in the lives of many in her family circles, always feeding and influencing her growth and development as an artist.
When at school, this was evident as her curiosity urged her to be the best in her classes. She was always involved in the arts and her artwork was always featured in displays. In 1987, when she was a sixth grade student, Nena’s project was selected in the contest "Best children's drawings of Yugoslavia" to be printed in the book "Poems for grandfather” by famous Serbian poet, Milovan Vitezovic.
Outside art, Nena excelled in gymnastics where she collected 10 medals, a broken tooth, and what became an interest in dentistry. Nena graduated from the Medical School of Belgrade earning a degree as a dental technician.
Just prior to the year 2000, Nena left her homeland Serbia to move to Nafplio, the first capital of Greece, where she still lives today, happily married and a mother of two beautiful children.
The first years in Greece were very difficult for Nena. To make ends meet she worked hard as a carpenter and a furniture painter among other occupations. These experiences also shaped her and fed her creative experiences, allowing her to experiment more with her art. In 2010, when she received a long term residence permit, Nena decided to start painting and pursuing her art. Her style is very unique.She mostly use wood,mdf veneer and naked about 1cm thick. As a wood product it is not ready for paint ,materials preparation includes:
§ installation of special metal hooks
§ a good rub-down with sandpaper to finish the wood and cut-edges
§ after cleaning the dust, a water-based paint primer (enamel wood) is used
§ then the main painting is done with enamel paint
§ this is left to dry very well before treating the back and sides in the same way.
It is a difficult way to make a painting, but the glossy oil paint gives the painting such a special shine and vitality and wood is a material that provides great potential for creativity and therefore her painting are combined with crushed glass, shells, pebbles.. She uses water-based alkyd enamel paint for wood and metal surfaces which is technically challenging and her form of expression is one that comes naturally.
Nena is an active humanitarian and among other activities, on various holidays and occasions has hosted students from Elementary Schools at her gallery, in a generous attempt to encourage children's creativity.
2013. Nena became a member of the Club for UNESCO Art- Literature and Science of Greece.
From February 2015 Nena is a member of Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece.
Member of International Association of Art
Member of Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece
Member of the Club for UNESCO Art- Literature and Science of Greece.
Maray Georgousi, Art Historian, Curator and Editor Master I & II SORBONNE-Paris IV, Art History and member of the Hellenic Organisation of Art History, saw some of Nena's artworks and here is Her impressions:
"Nena Stojanovic’s artwork, over the last two to three years, exudes intensity and power. The chromatic passages, the choices and the subject's characteristic eye expressiveness are of particular interest.
In both her figurative artwork and her portraits design plenitude is evident.
Nena’s portraits exude magnetism and charm. Their expressiveness reflects all mental tensions and transitions to the psyche of each subject.
Her abstract expression painting originally moves in lyrical expressionism. The scripture is steady and precise.
Her works are characterized by an impressive movement but also a density. Nena’s artwork to date allows us to expect an interesting future artistic career."
2019.2019. Nautical Nafplion's Festival
2019. group exhibition organized by Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece at New York College, Athens
2018. group exhibition organized by Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece at Municpal Art Gallery of Piraeus
2017 group exhibition at Old Town Hall of Glyfada
2017 group exhibition at Cultural Center of Ioannina 2017 Inter-Orthodox Iconography Exhibition 2017 at Athens University Museum
2017 group exhibition,European Center Contemporary Space Athens
2016 solo exhibition, Cultural Center Ivanjica, Serbia
2016 group exhibition,The Zappeion Exhibition Hall
2016 group exhibition,Parliamentary Hall of Nafplion
2016 group exhibition,European Centre Contemporary Space Athens
2015 group exhibition,Cultural Center "Melina Mercouri", Athens
2015 group exhibition,Le Dame Art Gallery & Melia White House, Regent’s Park, London.
2015 group exhibition,Cultural Centre of Athens
2014 group exhibition,Town hall, Palio Faliro,Athens
2013 solo exhibition ,The theater Trianon Syntagma-square Nafplio,Greece