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Branko Andrić-Andria

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Branko Andrić-Andrla (Novi Sad, Serbia 9 April 1942 - Dunaújváros, Hungary, 20 October 2005) was a Serbian multidisciplinary artist. He was involved in music, writing, film and drawing comics.[1] He lived in Novi Sad and Vienna.

Childhood and youth[edit]

Branko Andrić was born in 1942 in Novi Sad. His father Branko Andrić (1921-1942) was arrested by Hungarian fascists two months before Andrla was born and killed like thousands of other victims thrown under the ice of the frozen Danube.

After graduating from the Humanities High School (Jovan Jovanović Zmaj) in Novi Sad, Andrić graduated from the Higher School of Political Science in Belgrade and the Higher Pedagogical School, Department of Fine Arts in Novi Sad. After his studies, he began writing for numerous Yugoslav cultural magazines (Letopis Matice srpske, Student, Književna reč, Indeks, Oko, Riječka revija, Polja, Lica, etc.). He held numerous literary evenings throughout Yugoslavia and collaborated on films by Dušan Makavejev, Želimir Žilnik and Karp Aćimović-Godina. The short film "Healthy People for Leisure" by Karp Acimović-Godine, accompanied by Branko Andrić, won the first prize of the short film festival in Belgrade and the journalist award in Oberhausen, Germany.[2]

Moving to Vienna[edit]

Branko Andrić moved to Vienna in 1972, met Dieter Schrage and participated in the free cinema program. In addition to his work as a cartoonist, he began writing songs in German (Gastarbejterske pesme), which he published in the early '80s as a self-publisher. He participated in the founding and revival of the Vienna Arena. His contribution to the program of the Vienna Arena, from the 70s to the 90s, included literary evenings, and the performance of the group Imperium of Jazz, as well as the initialization and organization of several music festivals of alternative music from all over Yugoslavia. They received numerous awards such as First prize at the Xerox Art Graphics Competition in 1975.

Empire of Jazz[edit]

At the end of the '70s, Branko Andrić founded the group Vojvodina Blues Band, with which he performed several times in Belgrade and Novi Sad. In the early 80's he left the "Vojvodina Blues Band" to found "Imperium of Jazz" (correctly spelled with v, Latin u). The best musicians from Novi Sad performed in the band from the very beginning. Until 2005, 150 musicians performed in various arrangements.


On October 20, 2005, Branko Andrić collided with a "driver who crossed over to his side" in a street near Dunaujvaros and lost his life. [3]

In 2014, the Center for Art and Artistic and Cultural Events in Vienna was founded, which bears his name. [4]

Research projects[edit]

Writer and artist Branko Andrić-Andrla, 2014 - today, Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna / Institute for the Science of Art and Culture, Dissertation: Branko Andrić


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