Known by his stage name ZT Tosha, Zoran Tosic Tosha is a Dutch contemporary artist, curator, and music producer.
Zoran Tosic Tosha grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of that time. Several art movements emerged during this decade, including Neo-Geo and The Pictures Generation, as well as Neo-Expressionism, which became prominent in Germany, France, and Italy (as Transavanguardia). Along with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf, other key artists of the era included Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente, and Julian Schnabel.
Born in 1961, Zoran Tosic Tosha grew up during the 1980s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia).Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.
ZT Tosha - Post Guardian Period /Destabilising the frame of reference My paintings are examinations of history and memory, through the conflicting nature of an image’s formal make up and the content. My behavior is determined by the situation and not by some internal traits. I do what is expedient at the moment, I respond to the moment and not based on a collection of traits.
With my NFTs, with my digital works, I explore the changes of some change that digital technology has brought to the concepts of space, time and culture and how the “art of new media” has historically reflected on them.
Tosha attended the Fine Art Academy at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) from 1982 -1987. While studying at the Academy, Tosha began to incorporate sounds into some of his works. His sound sculptures were recognized as acute and original by the organizers of “Yugoslavian documents ‘89”. The organizers included his work in their international show as well as in the subsequent publication featuring the most important artists of Yugoslavia.
All of ZT Tosha's paintings are made in a multi-step process of representation. He starts with a blank canvas, adding gray aerial perspective, while constantly rotating the canvas. Then he pours or splashes paint directly from their tubes onto a horizontal surface (drip technique), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. Taking his color palette from the scene that he sees at that moment, he paints to replicate the look of the original scene. His hallmark "blur" is sometimes achieved with a hard smear made by an aggressive pull with a squeegee.
While studying at the Academy, Tosha began to incorporate sounds into some of his works. His sound sculptures were recognized as acute and original by the organizers of “Yugoslavian documents ‘89”. ZT Tosha's “Sound Sculptures” artwork emphasizes sound resonators, some of the combinations of vibrating elements, energizing agents and modulating devices in his painting motifs at the time were contemporary scenes, which placed him close to both Abstract Painting and copies of Modern Master paintings.