Sava Sekulić (1902, Bilišane, Austria-Hungary – 1989, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is one of the most important representatives of naïve art from the former Yugoslavia. As an artistic autodidact who had also learned to read and write himself, he initially wrote poems and dramas. In the 1930s, he produced numerous, figurative oil paintings on cardboard as well as sculptures.
Thanks to a small pension, he focused on his work toward the end of his life. He began exhibiting his oeuvre after the art historian Katarina Jovanović discovered his talent in 1964. In the same year, he became a member of the visual arts section of the Jedinstvo (Unity) cultural and artists’ association.
His works were shown in solo and in group exhibitions, especially at the Duro Salaj Gallery in Belgrade and the Primitive Art Gallery in Zagreb. In 1973, he received the Đorđe Andrejević Kun Prize, an important prize in amateur art. In 1984, the Munich Galerie Charlotte, which specialises in naïve art, art brut and outsider art, presented his work in Germany for the first time.
From 1985 onwards, his works appeared in solo exhibitions at the Galerie Charlotte and the Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne, in group exhibitions such as From Face to Face. The Portrait in Naïve Art at the Musée de Lavalle, France and the Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss, Germany. In the 1990s, the Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne as well as the Art Basel and the Art Cologne presented his oeuvre.
The estate is part of the Zander Collection, which focuses on naïve art, art brut and outsider art. The estate is currently represented by the Galerie Michael Haas.