Miloš Ćirić (1931-1999)
Miloš Ćirić (1931, Despotovo – 1999, Belgrade) —Titular professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Arts, Belgrade, Miloš Ćirić was the founder of the chair of Graphic Communication and taught at the FAA from 1964 until 1997. He was Head of the Graphic Department from 1974 to 1975.
Born in Despotovo, Serbia, in 1931, he graduated in 1954 from the Academy of Applied Arts, Belgrade and took his Masters Degree in 1959, under Professor Mihailo S. Petrov.
The fields of interest were art graphics, graphic identification, lettering, advertisement, book design, graphic animation, graphic-in-space and heraldry. Member of ULUPUDS since 1959; ULUS since 1962.
One-man exhibitions: Belgrade, 1961, 1965, 1968, 1971, 1982, 1986; Zrenjanin, 1964, 1969; Subotica, 1964; Bol, Brač, 1967; Novi Sad, 1967; Skoplje, 1972; Priboj, 1977; Stolac, 1981.
Author of extremely large opus: he created more that a 1000 logos, a dozen of city coat-of-arms, about 20 one-off and bibliophile books and the same number of original letter designs, a big number of posters and other works from the field of graphic design. The most important works were: design of the exhibition “Robija – škola revolucionara”, Beograd – Sremska Mitrovica, 1963; Lettering project: „Ćirićica“, Belgrade , 1970/72; Graphic communication of the VMA, Belgrade, 1976/77; Manuscript dedicated to the Sveti Sava Temple, Belgrade, 1985. Main publications: “Graphic identification 1961-1981”, SKZ, Belgrade, 1982; “Graphic communications 1954-1984”, Vajat, Belgrade, 1986; “Heraldry 1”, text-book, University of Arts, Belgrade, 1983. (second edition 1988); “Coat-of-Arms of Belgrade”, Cicero, Belgrade, 1991; “Graphic Sign and Symbol” (posthumous), Prometej and FAA, 2001; “Chronicles of Symbols” 1–5, five-volume chronological lexicon of visual symbols from the Balkans, on 2500 pages, with more than 10.000 illustrations, University of Arts, Belgrade, 2009.
The most important awards he received were: The Golden Pen of Belgrade, 1964; Large Plaquette of the University of Arts, Belgrade, 1983; Main Award of the Ministry of Culture, 1987; Award for Life Achievement, ULUPUDS, Belgrade, 1998.
In 1999, at the Faculty of Applied Arts, the 'Miloš Ćirić Fund Award', for the best student work in the field of graphic design was founded. Since 2004 at the FAA, in the end of October, a manifestation “Ćira’s Days” has been held in his honour.
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