Friday, September 18, 2020

Artist Makes Realistic Owl Sculptures With Wood And Clay

Saša Montiljo is an artist and a painter born in 1978 Belgrade, Serbia. After graduating from Graphics High School, he learned to paint with professor Aleksandar Luković Lukijan. Besides painting he creates realistic sculptures out of wood and clay. He often depicts wolves, lions, moths, hyenas and other animals in his work but owls are a recurring theme. It started when the artist saw an owl sculpture made out of firewood, ever since whenever he sees firewood he sees owls. He carefully picks up a piece of wood that resembles his subject and sculpts onto it giving it feathers, beak, ears etc. before painting on the details.

"I have always been fascinated by nature’s predators. The intelligence they possess causes me to think of them as creatures very similar to humans. And isn’t man part-beast himself? It may be that only if we were to look at ourselves realistically that we could change and become better. Owls are the only species of birds whose eyes are set directly in the plane of its face, like human eyes are, and since my visual poetics seldom feature humans, it may be that the owls are there to take their place." via

He has participated in several solo exhibitions and is a member of the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia.

 You can visit his website to view his paintings and more his sculptures.