Martin Jonas

Martin Jonas was born in 1924 in Kovacica, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia). A self-taught artist, he began painting as a child. He was a theater set decorator and a writer for the pin-up newspaper “Bojovnik.” During World War II he joined the Partisans and in 1944 he began his artistic career. In 1941 he joined the Kovacica “school” of naïve art.  He is a co-founder of the arts and ethnic section of the Cultural and Educational Society of Pokrok, Serbia. In 1955 he participated in the establishment of a farmer-painter gallery in Kovacica, Serbia. He died in 1996.

Solo Exhibitions

1962 Djuro Salaj Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

1963 Workers’ Home, Dubrovnik, Croatia

1964 Numaga Gallery, Auvernier, Switzerland

1966 Nora Gallery, Jersualem, Israel

1967 Regional Museum of Porec, Porec, Croatia

1968 Tourist Association, Zagreb, Croatia

1970 Community Culture Center, Kovacica, Serbia

1971 Nokum Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

1973 Simone Budet Gallery, Toulouse, France

1976 Studio d’Arte T, Latisana, Italy

1978 Nayttely Tolon, Helsinki, Finland

1981 Gallery of Self-Taught Artists, Jagodina, Serbia

1982 Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade, Serbia

1983 Common Center, Moscow, Russia

1987 Jugoslavisk Norsk Samband, Trodheim, Norway

1988 World Bank, Washington, USA

2006 “A Retrospective: Man and Earth”, GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, Tel Aviv

 

Group Exhibitions

1952 First exhibition, Celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Kovacica, Kovacica, Serbia

1955 Exhibition of amateur painters from Vojvodina, Subotica, Serbia

Exhibition of Painters from Banat, Pancevo, Serbia

1957 Masarikova Street Pavilion, Belgrade, Serbia

Gallery of Primitive Art, Zagreb, Croatia

1960 “The Kovacica School,” Gallery of Primitive Art, Zagreb, Croatia

1961 “Contemporary Yugoslav Primitive Painters,” The Arthur Jefresson Gallery, London, England

Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland

1962 Yugoslav Naïve Artists’ quadrennial exhibition, Nadeza Petrovie Gallery, Cacak, Serbia

1963 Galerie St.-Etienne, New York, USA

1964 Numaga Gallery, Auvernier, Switzerland

1966 Nora Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel

Slovene National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

1968 Kunsthalle Bremen Gallery, Bremen, Germany

Albert Dorne Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Bols Taverne, Amsterdam, Holland

Groningen Museum Voor Stad en Lande, Groningen, Holland

1969 El Tallery Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Slovene National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

1971 Nokum Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Palais de Beaux-Arts, Charleroi, Belgium

Naïve Painters from Vojvodina,” Cultural Center Gallery, Kovacica, Serbia

1972 Isy Brachot Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

1973 Renee Darom Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Simon Boudet Gallery, Toulouse, France

Salotto dell’Arte, Milan, Italy

Mattkasse Gallery 24, Wil, Germany

1974 Milan Gallery, Berlin, Germany

1976 Studio d’Arte T, Latisana, Italy

Gold engraving exhibition, Capri , Italy

1978 Maison de la Culture, Amiens, France

1981 Kasper Gallery, Morges, Switzerland

1982 “Pastel Reports,” Cultural Center Gallery, Kovacica, Serbia

1983 Dom Druzby, House of Friendship, Moscow, Russia

1984 The Royal Festival Hall, London, England

1986 City Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

1988 Transco Gallery West, Houston, TX, USA

Yugoslavian Cultural Center, Paris, France

1989 Villa d’Art, Voreppe, France

1990 Andre Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Balmoral Art Galleries, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

1991 Expressions Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1992 Expressions Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA

Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Balmoral Art Galleries, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Solander Gallery, Canberra, Australia

Duke Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

1993 George’s Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney, Australia

Duke Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

The Magic Art Center, New York, New York, USA

1994 Duke Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Jeannine Blais Gallery, North Hatley, Quebec, Canada

Museum of Naïve Art, Kecskemet, Hungary

1995 Museum of Naïve Art, Jagodina, Serbia

1996 City Musuem, Skopje, Macedonia

1998 Museum of Modern Art, Minsk, Belarus

2005 “Shades of Contrasting Cultures,” GINA Gallery of International Naïve Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

 

Prizes

1974 Gold Medal, Rome, Italy

1975 Gold Key to the City of Toulouse, France

Gold Medal, Rome, Italy

1977 Key to the City of Feluca, Italy

1978 Primitive Modern Art Contest Prize, Morges, Switzerland

1987 Gold Medal, International drawing competition, Italy

1991 Letter of thanks, City of Melbourne, Australia

 

Public Collections

Museum of Naïve Art, Jagodina, Serbia

National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia

Ethnographic Museum, Belgrade, Serbia

Royal Collections in Spain

Royal Collections in The Netherlands

Royal Collections in Jordan

 

Private Collections

World Bank, Washington D.C., USA

Lyndon B. Johnson (former President of the United States)

Ronald Reagan (former President of the United States)

Francois Mitterand (former President of France)

Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Annie Girardot, Ursula Andress, Fraco Nero, Peter Ustinov, Karl Malden

 

Selected Bibliography

Peintres Naifs – A Dictionary of Primitive Painters,” Anatole Jacovsky, 1967, New York, USA

Les Proverbs vus par les Peintres Naifs,” Anatole Jacovsky, 1973, Paris, France

Yugoslav Naïve Art,” 1973, Belgrade, Serbia

Naïve Art Paintings,” 1977, New York, USA

Martin Jonas”, M. Boskovic, 1978, Amiens, France

Naïve Painters of Yugoslavia,” Summerfield Press, 1978, USA

Modern Primitives”, Oto Bihalji-Merin, 1978, London, England

Primitive Painting”, D. Zdunik, 1981, New York, USA

World Encyclopedia of Naïve Art,” Oto Bihalji-Merin and Nebojsa-Bato Tomasevic, 1984, Belgrade, Serbia

Serbian Naïve Art with Australian Guest Artists,” V. Carapic & K. Smiljkovic, 1989, Melbourne, Australia

Martin Jonas,” I. Melichercik, 1993, Bratislava, Slovakia,

Naïve Art in Australia, Canada and Europe,” Vasa Carapic, 1994, Melbourne, Australia

The Key to Making Dreams Come True,” Koviljka Smiljkovic, 1999, Novi Sad, Serbia

Naïve Art in Serbia,” The Serbian Academy of Art and the Museum of Naïve Art, 2003, Jagodina, Serbia