Nikola Olic

There is a seemingly endless cache of information about Nikola Olic on the web, and he likely has not reached the pinnacle of his career in photography.

Nikola is a photographer living and working in Dallas, Texas. His main focus seems to be on architectural photography, often described as abstract, playful, dimensionless and even disorienting. He has been featured in galleries and museums, and the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles throughout the world. We learned of him through a recent story in the New York Times.

To see examples of his incredible work and what’s been said about it, simply enter his name in your search engine. For instance, when you enter the site, click on “Cities” and see his collection of published photography projects “that represent quick and unpredictable explorations over a few hours or days. Lack of time and familiarity with these cities were augmented by careful urban choices for which way to walk, stop, run or climb, towards forming laconic photographic snapshots that aim to be familiar yet new to locals, and inviting and surprising to visitors.” They are perfect examples of his unusual and delightful vision.

Abstract structural photography has been called a playful re-imagination of what urban structures might represent. As architects and builders have one vision, and the people who live in and with and near their finished work have another, Nikola Olic brings his own perspective to the forefront through his eye. He says he has been influenced by the likes of Constantin Brancusi, the Romanian pioneer of modernism in sculpture, painting and photography; Edward Hopper’s varied work; and others.

Photographs aren’t just taken, but those in his collections have a reason, a story behind them. He identifies the location which can often be a surprise. He sees these everyday places and buildings from an entirely different angle, making them nearly unrecognizable and yet vaguely familiar at the same time. In his photographs we see colors and spaces and angles previously unnoticed.

Of particular interest to Serbs is that Politika, Serbia's largestdaily newspaper, has been running a column featuring one or two of Nikola’s photographs every Wednesday for over a year and continues to do so through the present time.

Nikola was born in Belgrade in 1974. He came to the United States as an exchange student in 1992, and decided to stay because of the war at home. He settled in Dallas, and began attending school. He has a B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2003) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.  Professionally he has had major exhibitions in both group and solo shows including Pro3or Gallery and Bartselona Gallery in Belgrade; Kettle Art, downtown Dallas; and Staten Island Triennial at Alice Austen House in New York, to name a few.

In his “other” career he works as a software designer in the Uptown section of Dallas. But, during his free time he scouts and works locations where he can capture unique angles, patterns and façades on buildings. Some of his previous cities of choice include Miami, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and of course, Belgrade.

See a photograph you would like to have? His work is available to interested buyers who can easily contact him through his website or on Instagram.,  

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