Marc Sijan

“I am seeking to freeze motion rather than suggest life. The sculpture appears passive, but there is so much going on inside.”

Serbian-American artist Marc Sijan (B. 1946) is known for his hyperrealist sculptures, capturing his models in a moment in time. In 1968, he received his BA in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in went on to earn his Master of Science in Art degree in 1971, undertaking intense study of anatomy and biology in the process. (Read More)

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Sijan’s original inspiration was Michelangelo’s David and he was always fascinated by Michelangelo’s awareness of human anatomy and his ability to execute this awareness. However, unlike Michelangelo, Sijan does not celebrate the ideal form; his works are tributes to real people and in their realism, they are unpretentious and gritty and communicate a deep sense of emotion. In order to achieve the ultra-realistic finish, Sijan initially works from a live model and produces a plaster mold. He then sculpts the interior of the mold with tools and a magnifying glass and casts the figure in a polyester resin. To achieve realistic flesh tones, Sijan applies twenty-five coats of paint and varnish. His goal is to achieve depth, yet translucency and spends as long as six months reproducing these details on each piece.

He has participated in over 50 world-wide one-man museum exhibitions, with the majority of the museums setting attendance records with the showing of his sculptures.

Sijan’s super realistic sculptures are “homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms — a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.” His figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins; even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Sijan’s work so remarkable. 

Sijan’s work is similar to that of fellow artists Duane Hanson and John DeAndrea, who use lifelike human figures to express elements of the human condition and human relationships. But whereas his colleagues tend to express a kind of static existence, Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing.

MEDIA & PROJECTS

2019
Award Fair Saturday ad honorem 2019| Fair Saturday Foundation | Bilbao | Spain.
Exceptional women: the value of an opportunity | BBVA Microfinance Foundation | Madrid | Spain.
Jury 10th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain.
Karl V | Scenery, Costumes & Vdeoart | Bayerische Staatsopera | München |Germany.
Project Rembrandt | NTR, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.
Jury 11th Certamen Nacional de Pintura Parlamento de La Rioja | La Rioja | Spain.

2018
Award Personaje del Año Fuera de Serie 2018, category Art, El Mundo | Madrid | Spain.

2017
Crónicas: Lita Cabellut, el lenguaje de los colores | RTVE, Spanisch Public Broadcaster | Spain.
Le Siège de Corinthe |Rossini opera Festival | Pesaro | Italy
Close Up: Lita Cabellut, Beauty above all | AVROTROS, Dutch Public Broadcaster | The Netherlands.

2015
Jury 5th Figurativas | Fundació Privada de les Arts i els Artistes | Barcelona | Spain

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2020
Bienal | Schloss Oraniembaum | Oraniembaum | Germany

2019
8th Beijing International Art Biennale |Hispano American hall – National Museum of Art (NAMOC) | Pekín | China.
Naakt of bloot? | Museum Jan Cunen | Oss | The Netherlands.
La Victora del Silencio | Museo Goya | Zaragoza | Spain(Solo).

2018
The Rossini Project | Documentationcentre German Sinti en Roma | Berlin | Germany.
A Chronicle of the infinite | Museum Jan van der Togt| Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
MASTERLY The Hague | Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder | The Hague |The Netherlands.
Charlie Chaplin – A Vision | YUZ Museum Shanghai | China.
Testimonio| Centro Cultural Cascais| Cascais | Portugal.
Mujeres Artistas Hoy| Museo Europeo d’Art Modern | Barcelona | Spain.

2017-2018
Testimonio| Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenos | A Coruña | Spain.
Retrospective | Espais Volart – Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona |Spain.

2015-2016
The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015| Pivot Centre for Art + Culture | Seattle| USA.

2015
Disturbance | Museum Jan van der Togt | Amstelveen |The Netherlands.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Lalit Kala A kademi | New Delhi | India.
Trilogy of Truth | MEAM Museu Europeu d’Art Modern| Barcelona| Spain.
Blind Mirror |Hälsinglands Museum| Hudiksvall | Sweden.
Trilogy of Doubt | Mac’S Museo Arte Contemporanea |Catania | Italy.
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | CSMVS (former Prince of Wales Museum) |Bombay| India.

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | State Visit Okura Hotel | Tokyo | Japan.
100 Masterpieces | Seoul Art Centre | Seoul | South Korea.
Here to Stay | Kunststation Kleinsassen | Berlin | Germany.

2013
Trilogy of Doubt | Het Noordbrabants Museum | Bolduque | The Netherlands.
Trilogy of Doubt | Fundació Vila Casas | Barcelona| Spain.
Me, you and Others | The Finnish Labour Museum | Werstas | Finland

GALLERY EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018
A Chronicle of the infinite | Opera Gallery | NY | USA. (solo show).
Lita Cabellut in Seoul | Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea. (solo show).

2017
Army of Poets | Opera Gallery | Paris | France / Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2016
Fairy Flowers | Opera Gallery | Beirut | Lebanon (solo show).
Colour of Dew | Opera Gallery, Dubai | Dubai (solo show).
One Artist | Art Karlsruhe | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).

2015
Impulse | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2014
Black Tulip: The Golden Age | Opera Gallery | Paris |France (solo show).
Starcatcher| Opera Gallery | Seoul | South Korea.

2013
Hidden Dreams | The Moscow World Fine Art Fair | Opera Gallery | Moscow |Russia.
Dried Tear | Opera Gallery | Singapore | Singapore (solo show).
Behind the Curtains | Opera Gallery | Hong Kong | China (solo show).

2012
After the Show | Galerie Terminus, Munich | Germany (solo show).
Portrait of Human knowledge | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).
Memories Wrapped in Gold Paper | Opera Gallery | Dubai | Dubai (solo show).

2011
Coco: The Testimony of Black and White | Opera Gallery | Paris | France (solo show).
Camarón | Galerie Kai Dikhas | Berlin | Germany (solo show).
La Perla Negra | Opera Gallery | London | UK (solo show).

2010
Madness and Reason | Bill Lowe Gallery | Atlanta| USA (solo show).
One Man Show | Galerie Günther Zulauf | Karlsruhe | Germany (solo show).