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Svetozar Radakovich

Svetozar Radakovich is a native of Yugoslavia, where he was born in 1918.   He Received his BA and MA in Painting from the Royal Academy of Art in Belgrade.   After World War II, he worked with the United Nation's Relief and Rehabilitation Agency where he met an American, Ruth Clark, who interested him in her field of expertise which was metal sculpture.  In1955, he immigrated to the USA.  Between 1955 and 1959, he taught painting, drawing and design at the School for American Craftsmen and the Rochester Institute of Technology, both in Rochester, New York.  Then in 1959, he came to California where he became much more interested in jewelry, metalwork, and architectural sculpture.  His teaching career continued at San Diego State University, but now the emphasis was mainly on metals.  In fact, by 1966, he had established bronze casting as a source of study at the university.  He had his own foundry where he worked with architects on architectural sculpture.  He also worked in an academic setting with his wife Caroline, who was a professor of metal crafts at California State University.  Even though Svetozar "Toza" Radakovich is well known for his metal sculpture, he is perhaps better known for his jewelry which has won many international awards starting in 1966.  His jewelry is art with utility.   It incorporates all the formal qualities of sculpture, and yet is is also personal and transportable, an inclusive form of art.  He has developed away from traditional Renaissance shapes towered greater abstraction, which is, paradoxically, both more modern and more ancient.  While Radakovich uses traditional materials such as precious metals and gems, he also uses space age alloys and found objects like beach pebbles.   Creating secret pleasures for himself and the owners of his jewelry happens to be one of his personal styles.  the inside of an ostensibly austere silver bracelet, for example, might be inlaid with richly variegated  and irregularly shaped precious and semi-precious materials and gem stones.  The artist feels that this aspect of his work reflects nature, which hides as much, if not more, beauty than it flaunts--- the inside of a shell, the underside of a leaf, for example.  Only the creator of the piece and its possessor know of the hidden treasure, unless they consciously choose to share it with others.

Radakovich has exhibited his work extensively both nationally and internationally --- Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, and across the United States.


The source of the preceding information is from the catalogue from "Living Treasures of California" , Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento California, 1985.

The Ruth and Svetozar Radakovich web site will provide you with additional information.: