Biography
Zeljko Reljic was born on 25.06.1972 in Sabac Serbia . Growing up on the Sava River, at an early age, he discovered his great love - music. Love has turned into a passion, so Zeljko learned to play three instruments. Passion turned into profession and he became a musician.
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Guided by ambition and desire this talented dreamer came to Austria in 2001. In Vienna he found his place on earth in the music scene of former Yugoslavia and became a popular entertainer. Privately, Zeljko prefers listening to jazz and blues as well as meditative music. Besides music, he also likes antiques, oldtimer cars and motorcycles. Sometimes, he just disappears, riding his motorcycle to his favourite destination – Italy. His leisure time Zeljko spends with his daughter Olivera. Olivera attended the painting school and looking at her pictures Zeljko was inspired to take a brush in his hand in 2006 and to begin to paint. Since then, trying different techniques, he painted over 100 pictures. The inspiration for his paintings Zeljko found in aimless driving on a motorcycle, in the colours of spring and autumn, the architecture of Venice, in the muddy water of the Danube and Sava, the scent of the homeland as well as in numerous meetings with people and happenings in places where he works as a musician and entertainer. “It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing”, said Hemingway once. That is the reason why Zeljko mostly paints at night. His pictures are the mirror of his soul. But, as in every mirror, in his paintings you can see the reflection of your own character, your desires, hopes and fears. Zeljko`s thoughts, dreams and desires, even though transformed into paintings, remain hidden and mystical. While painting in his studio, Zeljko experiences catharsis. Liberating himself from negative thoughts, everyday problems, relaxing after a strenuous day, he creates paintings. In this act of creation his spirit is going free, floating in some unknown areas, travelling to a distant places somewhere between dreams and reality. From those travels he brings gifts, his paintings and photographs. His photographs were first shown in January 2014 in Art salon in Sremski Karlovci (Serbia). Since May 2013 is Zeljko a member of Association of Visual Artists of Sabac.

“It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime, but at night it is another thing”, said Hemingway once. That is the reason why Zeljko mostly paints at night. His pictures are the mirror of his soul. But, as in every mirror, in his paintings you can see the reflection of your own character, your desires, hopes and fears. Zeljko`s thoughts, dreams and desires, even though transformed into paintings, remain hidden and mystical. While painting in his studio, Zeljko experiences catharsis. Liberating himself from negative thoughts, everyday problems, relaxing after a strenuous day, he creates paintings. In this act of creation his spirit is going free, floating in some unknown areas, travelling to a distant places somewhere between dreams and reality.

In 2011 appeared a book representing the work and paintings of Zeljko Reljic in the period from 2008 to 2010. The artist had several exhibitions in Vienna, Munich, Sremski Karlovci, Sombor, Novi Sad, Opatija, Nessebar, Burgas. His greatest wish is to represent his pictures in France and Italy.

Hanging out with Zeljko, watching paintings made by almost unconscious movement of his hand, I became aware of the meaning of Goethe`s words, that works of art are fruits of the creative spirit of human nature. Spirit of Zeljko Reljic is refined, subtle, sensual. Looking at his pictures, I discovered a completely different Zeljko. For me he is no longer just a good boy from the neighbourhood, who artfully conceals its true nature, but a mature man capable of artistic expression through paintings which give us just a hint of his true nature. Master Professor Marija Jandrokovic