Graphic Ambassadors of a Country

Dejan Mraović

Artist Statement

My high school and undergraduate art education is European while my graduate education and teaching experience is completely American. In my artwork, I combine the best from both schools. Although my background is very important for my identity, I am trying to be the citizen of the world. That is why I submit my artworks to various competitions in different countries.

Process, progress, and constant improvement are the key ideas in my design. While craftsmanship is extremely important to me, I try hard to produce art which is not just a collection of “pretty images”. My goal is to create pieces which have a deeper meaning and message for the audience. In my opinion, that is what makes a difference between professional and amateur artists. The concepts that I developed in my opus involve academically advanced ideas that are conceivable not only to professional graphic designers and artists, but to the general public.

Typography, iconography, and photography are extremely important for every product not only as a source of information, but also as a way of communicating with the public. They allow the graphic designer to express an idea in a visually appealing way that not only provides information, but allows the audience to receive the message in a clever, entertaining, or humorous way. Although my focus is graphic design and typography, I am very passionate about other art disciplines such as photography, film, art history, and writing. The knowledge that I gained from these disciplines I apply to my graphic design research.

Bio

Dejan Mraović is a graphic designer and professor at Northwest Missouri State University. His scholarly activities includes six solo and 33 group exhibitions nationally and internationally in venues such as the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade, Museum of Contemporary Art, Novi Sad, Serbia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Students’ Cultural Center, Belgrade, Ohio University Art Gallery, Athens, Ohio, the Omega Gallery, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, Tennessee, the Sleeth Gallery, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon, West Virginia, Limner Gallery, Hudson, New York.

He has delivered 11 graphic design lectures and hosted five workshops at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indiana, Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma, Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas, Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky, Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee, the Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, Texas, Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Manhattan, New York, and the Parish Hall of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in Manhattan, New York. His works have been published in Newdesign Magazine, Warwick, England, Font, Prague, Czechia, Kvadart, Belgrade, Serbia, Ácido Surtido, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Design 360°, Guangzhou, China, IdN, Hong Kong. His art has been exhibited, presented or published in 15 states as well as in 14 countries.

Besides graphic design Mraović is passionate for photography and film. Short movies that he has made were in the Official Selection of seventeen international film festivals in Michigan, Vermont, Ohio, Kentucky, Maryland, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, England, Germany, Spain, Croatia, and Bangladesh in the venues such as the Bangladesh National Museum in Dhaka, Temple Theatre in Saginaw, MI and Somerset Community College in Somerset, KY.