Born in 1979 on the French Riviera in Carqueiranne, France, Mickaël Obrenovitch was fascinated by art and the history of civilization from a very young age. He is working as a contemporary artist and presents his collections in international event, renowned galleries and luxury hotels. His artistic approach is intimately linked to «organic» and «humanist» movement and his passion for shapes, matter and interdisciplinary project. The artist wishes to pass on his personal vision of the meaning of life, his quest for the absolute, and his place in the infinite
Obrénovitch harbours a deep passion and respect for wood. The slow and silent growth of this living material, which thrusts its roots deep into the ground and rises majestically up into the air, is endlessly fascinating to him. Living on only earth, air and water, wood is the perfect vehicle for Obrénovitch to impart his reflection of the world and his interpretation of the meaning of life.
Throughout his travels and in his adoptive lands, Obrénovitch has worked with a range of local wood species including olive trees, teak trees, tamarind trees, coffee wood and bamboo. Obrénovitch’s approach of enhancing ancient woods with strong character and language allows him to reconcile his creative process in harmony with his environment.
My name is from my highly-respected grandfather, Obrenovitch Dobrivoyé who was born in Serbia on September 30th 1909. I have great respect for this man of a few words, yet who spoke several languages. He worked hard and had a tough life.
A survivor of the second world war, escaping from a camp in Germany by miracle. He managed to cross several countries and ended up in Algeria, a French colony at that time. There, he met my grandmother Jeanne and started a family.
Subsequent to the independency of Algeria, he had to leave the country that had become his home, leaving everything behind him. He lost his battle with cancer when he was 92 years old on the 15th of December, 2009.
I will forever remember his quiet elegance as he was in deep thought. Those quiet moments with him as we sat by the fire place during winter will remain forever etched in my heart. I always recall him at challenging times because I know they are nothing compared to what he had experienced. From him, I learned to respect life and everything that comes with it. Nothing comes easy and one must never, ever give up. I have always lived my life in a way that I know he would be proud of and I hope to continue his legacy and give his name the respect that it deserves.
Obrénovitch’s artistic reflection is intimately related to his passion for the history of ancient civilizations. The symbols that can be found in various types of primitive artistic expressions are a source of inspiration, as are the works of master artists throughout time. This includes archaic Greek sculpture; Constantin Brancusi’s extreme sculptural abstractions; Jean Arp’s work fluidity; Giacometti’s mastery of raw matter and Henry Moore’s monumental body of work. Highly sensitive to literature, painting and architecture, as well as to anything to do with creation, Obrénovitch is also influenced by the works of Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond and Auguste Rodin.