Ivan Mangov (Serbian, b.1979) creates highly tactile oil paintings deeply rooted in the abstract realm. With hues that appear to vibrate off the canvas, a visual rhythm allows his works to continually change and develop, drawing the viewer deeper into the painting. Hidden behind veils of rich texture, portraits reminiscent of ancient sculptural form emerge and then disappear back into the canvas. The paintings bring to mind the direct correlation that occurs in nature. This is seen with the ebb and flow in the process of creation, erosion, and dissolution; his paintings are seen as a reflection of man-made creations and their ultimate return to the natural world. Known for his slow and gradual process, taking months to complete each work of art, Mangov seeks to capture the natural ravages of time. Beneath the surface of a finished painting, like geological strata are layers of color visible only in traces.
Mangov mastered his technique under the guidance of acclaimed Serbian painter Zdravko Vajaić, an outstanding colorist and a former student of the eminent Yugoslav painter Nedeljko Gvozdenovic.
Mangov holds two MA degrees: one in Interior Architecture from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; and in Museography from the University of Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
In 2014, he was presented with the distinguished “Ranko Radovic” award from the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia for best exhibition of the year, held at the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade.
In November 2016, his works were exhibited at the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, District of Columbia.