Lena Nikcevic is a visual artist from Montenegro and a naturalized French citizen.
She was born in 1977 in Podgorica, to a Macedonian mother and Serbo-Montenegrin father. Her childhood took place against the backdrop of the diverse and beautiful landscape of ex-Yugoslavia.
After the overthrow and dissolution of her country she decided, after studying at the Academy of Fine Art in Cetinje, to move to France. She graduated in 2001 and received her MA in 2003 at the High School of Fine Arts in Tours (DNSEP of ESBA-TALM Tours).
In 2006 she met Annie Catelas and her husband Xavier, leader of CLEN, who allowed her to use their disused factory in Saint-Pierre-des-Corps as a workshop. There began the project of Ateliers de la Morinerie with its first part Le Bled. Her engagement in the adventure of the birth and development of this creative space and also the opportunity to work in it, meant that Lena stayed a long time in Touraine.
In 2017 she decided to move with her family back to Montenegro. With her husband, mosaic-artist Julian Modica Helmschrott, they spent nine months in artist residency in Stari Bar. After this experience, they move with their two sons to Munich where they took up a workshop run by the city at DomagkAteliers.
She has been living and working in the area since then.
Marrying sculpture, painting and etching, this talented artist sheds lights on the dialogue between a work of art and its place of installation. She thus elaborates both an architectural thought and social vision of art. All the time questioning us on the place of things, her work is a sensitive imprint on our world. Her work is part of numerous private collections and some public collections, including that of the City of Tours.
She has also started to work in illustration and has just published her first book for children and adults There will be days (Il y aura des Jours), text Elisabeth Coudol, edition l’Elan Vert.
Solo exhibitions, selection
IN-BETWEEN, with Julian Modica Helmschrott, Contemporary Art Centre, Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog online
ONE MAN'S LAND, Contemporary Art Centre L'Annexe, Saint-Avertin, France
IN-UTILE, Campus, Jouée-lès-Tours, France
FROM HERE TO THERE, Château de Cangé, Saint-Avertin, France
TRANS-APPARENCES, with Hélène Stefanica, Festival Bruissements d'Elles, Médiathèque de la Riche, France
L'ART DANS LES JARDINS, Château-Gontier, France
EX-SITU, Delta City with Contemporary Art Centre, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog online
SOUCIÉTÉ, Galerie of MJC, Joué-lès-Tours, France
NAOPAK ROUGE, UrbanPro, Brussels, Belgium
HALO, with Azara San, Contemporary Gallery l’Hotel de Ville, Chinon, France
CEPENDANT, Gallery Passage Emmanuel-Chabrier, Saint-Pierre-des-Corps, France
LENA NIKCEVIC, Gallery Studio Célanie, Tours, France
ARTS CAPELLA, Festival, 8th edition : L'EQUI-LIBRE, Chapelle Saint Nicolas, Tredion, France
LAPSUS IMAGO, Salle Adélaide, Muzillac, France
LES CHEMINS DE L’INTIME, Gallery ARTe. FACT, Poitiers, France
ARTS CAPELLA, Festival, 7th edition : ILLUSIONS, SIGNES & SYMBOLES, Chapelle Saint-Roch, Gorvello, France
CORPS ET ARBRES, Gallery Carla Milivinti, Blois, France
PEINTUREIMAGEPEINTURE, with Laetitia Ambert Morand and Sanjin Cosabic, Château de Tours, France, catalog
VARIATIONS, University François Rabelais, Tours, France, catalog
VARIATIONS, Compagnie OFF-POLAU, Saint-Pierre-des Corps, France
Group exhibitions, selection
THOMA GALERIE, Starnberg, Germany
ARTMUC, Kunstmesse fur zeitgenössische Kunst, Praterinsel, Munchen, Germany, catalog
DRAWING AS AN EXPERIMENT, (Crtež kao eksperiment), Contemporary Art Centre, Dvorac Petrovića, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog
UNE EXPO D’ENFER AU PARADIS,, Savonnières, France
TRANSPARENCES, l'Hôtel Goüin, Tours, France
IMAGO MUNDI, - Mediterranean Routes, Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa - ZAC - Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee, Palermo, Italie, catalog
XLArt, 4th Big Format Biennial, l'espace Nobuyoshi, La Mulonnière, Saint Antoine du Rocher, France
XXArt, 3th Big Format Biennial, l'espace Nobuyoshi, La Mulonnière, Saint Antoine du Rocher, France
ARTCITÉ, salon d'art actuel, Fontenay-sous-Bois, France, catalog
13 NOVEMBRE, Salon d'Art, Cetinje, Montenegro, catalog
EXUVIE, ESBA-TALM Tours, France
NOUVEL ACCENT, Cosmopolis, Nantes, France
MONTENEGRIAN ART IN THE XXI CENTURY, Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta, St. Petersburg, Russia,, catalogue
SALON D'HIVER, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, catalog
NOV'ART, 30th edition, Villevêque, France, catalog
GRID, International Biennale of Photography, Amsterdam, Netherlands, catalog
ICI ET AILLEURS, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cetinje, Montenegro, catalog
VENTE AUX ENCHERES D’OEUVRES D’ART CONTEMPORAIN, Château de Cangé, Saint-Avertin, France, catalog
LES PETITS FORMATS, Mode d’emploi, Tours, France
IN THE POCKET, Gallery Mauricio Cordero, Tours , France
PANORAMA, Gallery Etienne de Causans, Paris, France, catalog
MULHOUSE 004, Salon of Contemporary Art, young French artists, Mulhouse, France, catalog
AU RETOUR,( after a three-month working at the Academy of Arts in Beijing, China), ESBA-TALM Tours, France
QUAND LE HASARD NE SUFFIT PLUS, ESBA-TALM Tours, France
TOURS A MARSEILLE, Contemporary Art Gallery of the Marseilles Art Academy Marseilles, France
SELF-PORTRAIT IN MONTENEGRIN ART, Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, catalog
A selection from the press and television media
2019 – Edition Kulturland 1/19, Landkultur um Munchen, page 7
2017 – Le Quatrième Tiers, n°24, journal of contemporary art, Encounter with an Artist from the Region Centre, France
2013 – Portrait, France 3
2011 - ARTCENTRALA n°5, journal of contemporary art, eight pages of interview with Ljiljana Karadzic, art historian and critic
2009 – CULTURZ, Portrait on the French television culture channel CULTURZ