photo Deçan 2 compConfronted since my early childhood with death and chaos, I found myself several years later visiting prisons and detention centers in areas of armed conflict all around the world on behalf of the International Red Cross. From Afghanistan to Bosnia, from Somalia to Kosovo, from Serbia to Ethiopia. For relief I began to express my emotions through paintings. As a tribute to my humanitarian experience in the Balkans, I took Deçan as my artist name, city of western Kosovo severely damaged during the conflict.

The close contact with suffering and isolation nourishes my inspiration. Enhanced mechanisms of resilience developed from childhood crosses the singularity of my work. With, as a leitmotiv, the expression of an irrepressible life force stronger than anything.

Self-taught, I paint exclusively with knives and oil paint – without any other device. The physical and instinctive dimensions are the foundations of my artistic process. I am looking for raw and authentic emotions with only one goal : To allow each one of us to sincerely question ourselves on what we are in the very depths of our souls while challenging our own truths. To move forward, again and again, against all odds…


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Discover my artwork at my painting workshop based in Dinard (06 83 55 56 49).