Stanko Pavleski is born in 1959 in Erekovci, Prilep, Macedonia. In 1984 he graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje. He got his master’s degree at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 1992. Currently, he is a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje.

  • Adress: Makedonska prerodba 100, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.
  • E-mail: pavleskis@gmail.com

Pavleski expresses in the field of sculpting, expounding with minimalism and neo-minimalistic experiences, reducing it to a sign, location for implementing tangible and intangible content, or ambient. It is particularly significant to mention his exhibitions: Architectons from 1991 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje; in 1993. in the Stobi gallery in Skopje, the exhibition Ritual or for the silence, and from 1998. at the Museum of the City of Skopje, his sculptural setting Baroque in the one, pointed out by the critics as strong author’s accomplishments.

In his neo/post/conceptual accomplished works after 2002, based mainly on books and brochures, but also on different actions in nature, installations and performances followed by documented photographs, video and audio recordings, as well as short stories, testing the frame of art, he will also author several books (narration and body), peculiarly exhibited independently but also as part of a sculptural entirety of the work. His books are: The Unwritten book to the mediator (2002), Book above the book covers: My Anthology – Macedonian art and critique: 1954-2004 (2004); Project Preface – How could I write a critique as good as that by the art critics (2005, with translation into English); I, Ptolemy MKD & N.B. Nothingness (2009, with translation into English) and Written art (Exactly a project, 2011, Short stories). In 2012 he completed this research with the exhibition Publishing House O. E. O: 2002 – 2012, mounted at the MOCA in Skopje.

Pavleski’s work is positively valued and important for the artistic trends in Macedonia and former Yugoslavia. He participated in three exhibitions at the Yugoslavian sculpture biennial in Pancevo (in 1991 he received his first award as equal), at the biennial for small sculpture in Murska Sobota (1987), three times at the Youth Biennale in Rijeka (in 1991 he received an award for sculpture). He was also a part of the exhibitions “Yugoslavian Documenta” in Sarajevo (1987, 1989), at the exhibitions of the relevant tendencies in the nineties – “Geometries” (1990, in the larger Yugoslav centers) and “the Beginning of the Nineties – Sculpture” (1990, in Apatin) etc. In 1996, in Gornji Milanovac at the fourth International biennial in miniature art, he received the special award by the jury. He also participated at the International Biennials in Murska Sobota (1995), Cetinje (1997) and the 16th Art Biennial in Pancevo (2014), as well as in Rijeka at the exhibition “ART – WAR – TRANSITION” (2020, cross-section of artistic contributions in the former Yugoslavia).

He is represented in many exhibits of Macedonian art abroad and in other curators’ projects. He participated three times and was rewarded at the Youth Biennial in Skopje, in 1991 with the Grand Prix; and at the exhibits at DLUM with the awards for sculpture “Nereshki Majstori” and “Jordan Grabul”.

He has had independent exhibits in Belgrade in 1992, Brussels in 1995, New York in 1997, 2007, 2008, and 2017, Paris in 2006, Alexandria in 2009, Sarajevo in 2018 and in Skopje in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2006, 2009, 2012 2018 and 2023, in Bitola in 2021, as well as other group exhibits both in Macedonia and abroad.

Pavleski is one of the founders of the Art activity in nature – “Artistically through the Phenomenal” (AtP, 2004 – 2013, presented in the book AtP 1-5) and he is still devoted to this idea and practice. Since 2013, Pavleski, Vesna Dunimagloska and Gjorgji Krsteski, through the modified concept of the project, as well as the increased dynamics of the events, transform it into the current “^PATEMByTheWay – Limited Liability Company”, a participatory project which, up to now, is presented in three books: PATEM/ByTheWay 2013-2016, PATEM/ByTheWay 2017 and ^PATEMByTheWay 2013 – 2023.

The works of Pavleski are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, the National Gallery of Macedonia in Skopje, the Institute for Old Slavic Culture in Prilep, the National Museum in Veles, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, in the collection of The International Biennial of Sculpture in Pancevo, the Bor Museum of Mining, in the International Biennial of Miniature Art in Gornji Milanovac, as well as in several private collections in Macedonia.

Guerril Brute