Art Collectors Choice: Gorgeous Olympian Divna Pesic Grozdanov Is Today’s Queen Of Abstract Expressionism

Thom Bierdz
4 min readMay 16, 2023

Divna Pesic Grozdanov, 43, from Macedonia, lives and works in the USA, creating mesmerizing oil paintings in a unique, recognizable style. The highly-collected artist was named the #1 abstract expressionist in the world several times by American Art Awards and won Italy’s International Donatello Prize art award this year for her unique artistic career. Also in 2023, Divna’s paintings were published in the book, Contemporary Celebrity Masters.

The artist, who looks like a model-turned-movie-star, also received Luxembourg Art Prize 2022 from Pinacotheque museum for her artistic achievements globally and won the Best of Best Award from Top Art Awards 2021.

At 13 years-old, one of her passions had been oil on canvas, and to date she has had 20 major exhibitions around the world; Skopje, New York, Miami, Paris, Washington, Dusseldorf, Ljubljana, Istanbul, Chicago… (www.divnapesic.com).

One of her paintings, Protecting My Pride, was acquired by her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth and hangs fittingly at Buckingham Palace. Art collectors understand that owning a Divna Pesic Grozdanov oil is not only a joy to see daily, but a wise investment.

Curatorial Review Committee saluted Divna Pesic’s oeuvre with its one of a kind visual narrative and its emotional link to the human and artistic experience while she is implementing a more emphasized relationship towards religion and spirituality. The metaphysical connection of the rational and irrational, which explodes on the canvas, ripples of unique sensation. The attention to color and its intensity, the equilibrium between good and evil, sky and earth, the imaginary versus reality — these painted subtexts are not accidental but deliberate and methodical.

She’s not shy. What is her most marked characteristic ? Shooting straight in the middle of the target, as a painter, and also with a gun. Another of her early passions was being a professional rifle shooter, where she has excelled for 25 years, a twice Olympian. Her 37 national records in men and women air rifle, and another 22 in caliber rifle discipline, rank her high among the top international competitors in the world. Her father and coach, Blagoj Pesic, taught her focus, discipline, patience, calmness, good physical and mental health, diligence, practice (and more practice), no regrets, self-confidence, endurance, constancy, and stability. These super-heroine traits cross into her personal life and critically-acclaimed paintings.

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Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.