Job no:81378-5 Title : RP_All Access (New PB Verdions) Client : Pro-vision
175 Size : 203.2(w)254(h)mm Co : M6 (mac J)
Dept : DTP D/O : 22.10.05 (Job no:000000 D/O : 00.00.04 Co: CM0)
irko Ilic´ was born an only child in Bosnia in 1956. His father served in the military;
his mother worked at home as a seamstress. Ilic´ discovered his gift early and
immediately realized its power. At the tender age of three, he used one of his mother’s
fabric markers to draw on the kitchen floor. She quickly discovered the unsolicited artwork;
instead of yelling, she found a piece of carpet to cover up the drawing so she could show
it to her husband. To this day Ilic´ remembers his parents standing over the drawing and talking
to each other in a distinctly positive whisper.
A little while later, he drew a horse and carriage in one of his grandfather’s books and found
once again that he was praised for his transgression. He had discovered that drawing provided
a way to express himself and get the approval he desired at the same time. From that point on,
his talent was nurtured by his mother and by his teachers. “Between the ages of twelve
and fourteen, I discovered that drawing was the easiest thing to do for me, so I went into
that direction more and more.”
ELOCATION His father’s military postings forced the family to move four times over
the course of Ilic´ ’s childhood. “I found myself in four different elementary schools,
in different parts of the country, with different customs and ethnicity.” Ilic´ was harassed
for his accent and his heritage. Peaceful resistance was not a viable option. The only way
to escape was to beat up somebody at each new school to immediately establish his position.
He was thus forced to balance his artistic side with a tough attitude that would protect him
in new surroundings.
Coming of age in Communist Yugoslavia, Mirko Ilic´ used his work
as a means of self-expression and political action that was
simultaneously covert and highly visible. After moving to New York,
he found that his time of resistance wasn’t over.
Slikovnica Za Diktatore
(Dictators Picture Book),
comic strip Dictators
Picture Book was the first
comic Ilic´ ever published.
“I was playing with sounds.
Every image has some form
of sound or noise. It was
heavily influenced by the
US underground comics.”
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