Relja Penezic

Los Angeles, USA

RELJA PENEZIC is a painter, video artist, printmaker, photographer and a filmmaker. His work is a multimedia blend that combines technology and painting, performance and video, art and craft. Penezic exhibits his work internationally and his short films are regularly shown at film festivals throughout the world. In 1996 Zakros InterArts label Chronic Art published his CD-ROM Computer Film Sketchbook. His 2002 Audio/Video installation in collaboration with composer Victoria Jordanova at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art entitled Panopticon was published by ArpaViva label as a DVD and is distributed by Cinema Guild of New York.

His paintings and media pieces are part of numerous private and public collections in the US, Europe and Japan. In 2004 he was selected by Alaska Arts Council to create a permanent media installation The Alaska Cycle, a video landscape. In 2005 and 2006 he finished two large scale site specific paintings Alaska Time-Lapse and Views of Tundra for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute, commissioned by Alaska Arts Council.

Relja Penezic is a cofounder of ARTaVIVA, a company/curatorial project dedicated to the promotion of audio/video art as a permanent installation medium. In addition to an international career as an artist, he has served as a Creative Director for ID8, a Los Angeles-based branding agency, an Art Director and a Designer for Jump Ship Studios, San Francisco, and a Designer/Visual Effects Artist for Fleet Street Pictures of San Francisco. Relja Penezic was also a Master Printmaker for John Nichols Printmakers of New York specializing in silk-screen and lithography limited editions. He was a lecturer at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Princeton University School of Architecture, Haverford College and Bowling Green State University.