Dave Mutnjakovic is an Artist ~ Teacher Living and working in the Laurentides, QC Canada.
Dave's family escaped former Yugoslavia in the early 1960's to start a life in the border town of Windsor which is connected by two arteries to Detroit.
When he was born his parents cut out Croatian culture so he could start a life in a new country free from the burden of the past. All that remained of his Croatian Heritage was his name. Mutnjakovic.
He developed a chronic disorder that caused his guts to burn and bleed, and nearly killed him when he was 13. It is a disease that seems to especially effect Eastern Europeans who have immigrated to industrialized North America.
The recession in 2007 decimated Windsor and Detroit guiding him into a strange existence. He travelled around the world for six years learning about life from hardworking people, until his health failed him in Tasmania Australia.
He returned to Canada and was taken in by a quebecois family to recover and rebuild. During this period he read with intrigue into ideas about medicine, trauma, and art.
He began to draw out his profound experiences. From the point he returned to Canada to the present, he created over 3000 drawings, writings, and animations.
Through years of investigating the source his illness he realized he was documenting the stages of the expansion of consciousness. He believes by harnessing the power of the imagination, by willingly entering into a vulnerable state, one can construct an image of ones self, and heal not only the wounds the individual harbours deep within the tissue of the body and mind. Also the wounds of others, and even the trauma we have inflicted upon the planet.
Dave specializes in developing art projects with "at-risk" youth, children with behavioural issues, and people overcoming medical problems. His art exhibitions in Canada have awakened awareness of social taboos including mental illness, isolation, and the complexity of trauma.
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2018OUF! Festival Off Casteliers - Festival des arts de la marionnettes
2017 arteSPACE Exhibition, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2016 "Gutted" Exhibtion, Galerie Carrots & Dates, Windsor, On
2016 "When There is Nothing Left to Burn" Exhibition, Galerie Mile-End, Montreal, QC
2016 Galerie POPOP - Circa, Montreal, QC
Publications & Press
2018 Outside In, United Kingdom
2016 Prosthetic Reality, An Augmented Reality Art Book, Melbourne Australia
The Windsor Star, Published on: December 18, 2016