Sami Gjuka was born 1953 in Kosovo. He studied Painting at the Academy of Art in Sarajevo, Brussels and Amsterdam. He currently lives and works in Denmark.
He works with his own metaphysical ideas painted in the way that is based on classical art style.
"Sami Gjuka's paintings are built on a strong poetical imagination, here, spleen and appearance most clearly identify the character of the painting. There's no doubt that the painter knows well the experience of the symbolists, metaphysicians and surrealists, those who formed the tradition and whose examples we know well. Exactly on that tradition Sami Gjuka "plants" his "forest of symbols". Even though he is the heir of that experience, his presence in our surroundings is not connected to the generation of painters he belongs to. Namely, we can hardly connect him to any painting style or to the context of modern art.
Sami Gjuka's world is one that is firmly grabbed, it cannot be connected with famous examples and every comparison is unnecessary."
Milan Beslic, Art Critic
Some of exhibitions:
Peje, City Museum, 1971
Karlovac, Zorin Dom, 1985
Karlovac, BAJ (Aquarel Biennale) 1986
Dubrovnik, Gallery Rosario, 1986
Zagreb, XIV exhibition of recent artworks by members of Croatian Art Association, 1986
Zagreb, Gallery Ulrich, 1988
Istanbul, Gallery Opera, 1995
Florence, Biennale Internazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea, 2009
New York, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, 2010
Chianciano, International Art Award 2012
5th Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2012