Charles Billich visited CSEBA
Charles Billich visited CSEBA
Author: CSEBA / SEEbiz
13th June 2019
ZAGREB - The famous Australian artist of the Croatian roots Charles Billich visited the offices of the Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA) today.

In a conversation with members of the Presidency of CSEBA, Mario Rendulić and Zvonimir Zlopaša and Ms Jiang Yu, founder of Z-Run WellTon Industry, Billich announced some joint projects that we will report to you in a timely manner.

Charles Billich is considered Australia's favourite surrealist painter, so it only makes sense that his work should come head-to-head with Salvador Dalí, who inspired him from a young age. Billich paints and draws in all media and sculpts in precious and semi-precious metals.

He conceived a series of images based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta warriors. The Bing Ma Yong images are represented on a collection of 16 postage stamps currently in circulation in China.

Billich's painting subjects include Ballet and sport, architecture and town planning, eroticism and classicism, portraiture and stage. Humanitarian pieces and works of religious significance are also within the focus of the Artist.

"Humanity United" was created from a brief extended to him by the Australian Red Cross to commemorate the 2001 Centenary of the Nobel Prize for Peace. Dr José Ramos-Horta, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation for East Timor, requested he paint their Independence painting.

In June 2004, Billich exhibited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Hosted by the UN Friendship Club, Billich was invited back with his "Humanity United" collection in September 2006.

Inspired by his work "The Beijing Cityscape", the official image for the successful Beijing bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games, Charles Billich conceived a series of images based on the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta Warriors. The collection of images, portray the Bing Ma Yong Terracotta Warriors in a series of sporting compositions.

In June 2004 Billich completed "Jubilation China's 100 Year Olympic Dream Realised" - a piece depicting the celebration that followed the announcement of China's to be the 2008 Olympic host nation.

Billich created a cityscape painting of the 2008 Olympic Water Sports Venue Qingdao, which has been presented to the Mayor and the Beijing Olympic Committee in Qingdao in July 2005.

Just ahead of the 30th anniversary of the death one of the world’s greatest surrealists, Salvador Dali, Charles Billich, unveiling his new surreal-style masterpiece “Hommage to Dali”, stepped on Friday 16 November 2018 at his art gallery (Billich Gallery, The Rocks, Sydney) into the world of hosting one of the largest Salvador Dali artworks assemblages worldwide.

The Dali Universe, from Switzerland, owner of the largest collection of Salvador Dali artworks, is at this exhibition, which lasted until January 2019, showing Dali artworks with widely recognised melting clocks (from the Persistence of Memory and Nobility of Time works) along with a collection of graphic works and bronze sculptures, including some huge pieces that are displayed on George Street opposite First Fleet Park in The Rocks as they could not fit into the Billich Gallery.

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