Momo Kapor



Momo Kapor - Life, Work, and Legacy of a Great Serbian Artist


Early Life and Tragic Events

Momo Kapor, a renowned Serbian writer and painter, was born in 1937 in Sarajevo as the only child of Bojana (née Velimirović) and Gojko Kapor. Although his destiny was to be born in Florence, the stork carrying him was forced to land in Sarajevo on April 8, 1937, due to thick fog. Thus, the name of this beautiful yet unfortunate city is forever inscribed in all his documents.

A tragic event during the German bombing of Sarajevo on April 13, 1941, forever marked the early years of Momčilo Kapor. At that time, four-year-old Momo lost his mother, who covered him with her own body to protect him from a bomb. In addition, his father was captured at the beginning of the war and interned in a camp in Nuremberg.


Education and Return to Belgrade

After the war, Momo returned to Belgrade with his father, where he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1955. He graduated in 1961 under Professor Nedeljko Gvozdenović.


Literary Work and Painting

Momo Kapor authored over forty books, including novels, short stories, plays, travelogues, essays, and illustrations. His works have been translated into many languages, and throughout his life, he confirmed his affiliation with the Serbian literary corpus.

Alongside literature, Kapor pursued painting and frequently illustrated his own books. He held solo exhibitions in Serbia, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Venezuela, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Momo Kapor passed away in 2010 in Belgrade.


Momo Kapor Foundation and Scientific Conference

In honor of the great artist, the Momo Kapor Foundation, established by his daughters Ana and Jelena, supported the first scientific conference on the literary work of Momo Kapor. The conference was held in Belgrade and Rome, and resulted in a collection of papers titled "Narrator of Urban Melancholy," representing the most comprehensive analysis of Kapor's literary opus.


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