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Zoran Djurović (born November 12, 1968) is a Serbian artist, priest, and theologian.
Djurovic lived in Sutomore where he finished elementary school and Gymnasium in Bar. He studied design at the Gymnasium Slobodan Škerović in Podgorica, in the class of professor Dragoljub Bato Brajović, a student of Milo Milunović. He was studied comics and illustrations. His role models were John Buscema, Burne Hogarth, William Vance, and Frank Frazetta.
He graduated from the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade in 1995. The formation of his theological ideas in this period was influenced by Dobrivoje Midić, a follower of John Zizioulas and "revolutionary" Greek theologians. He has served as a deacon since 1992 in the Monastery of the Presentation in Belgrade and in the St. John the Baptist Church in Mirijevo. He advocated frequent communion and “Return to the Fathers” at the theological faculty and in parishes.
In 1994, he has taught Byzantine painting at the University of the Third Age in Belgrade. Djurovic enrolled in post-graduate studies in History of Philosophy (mentor Slobodan Žunjić) at The University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy, without taking doctorate because of the parish works. In 1996, he took over the parish in Smederevo.
He has held various solo exhibitions (Frescoes, Icons, and Paintings) and participated in numerous collective exhibitions in Serbia, Montenegro, and Italy. He has published various comic strips and illustrations in newspapers, magazines, and books. In 2001, he directed four TV transmissions about Christianity on Smederevo Television. The series was banned because of the method Djurovic used was considered too provocative. He was one of the protest leaders in Smederevo, which led to the fall of Slobodan Milošević.
In 2002, Djurovic left Serbia and moved to Rome, where he studied at Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum of the Pontifical Lateran University. In January 2007, he acquired a license in theology and patristic sciences.
He received his Doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences in June 2010. He studied at Analisi esegetico-teologica, at IPA. He published his thesis the same year.
He speaks several ancient languages (Greek, Hebrew, Syrian, Latin, Old Church Slavonic) in addition to (Slavic languages, Italian, English, Spanish, and French). He translates and writes scientific researches and painting.
Djurovic's early years were characterized by the exploration of different painting and graphic techniques. His range of techniques is vast, so hyper-realistic egg tempera and rudimentary expression in oil paintings and frescoes can be seen, but his techniques tend toward the technology of materials, composition, expression, and psychology of person and figure.
Brutal execution was the main characteristic of most of his works until 2002. This expression persisted in the Roman period in certain pictures, especially in oils: landscapes, chtonic animals (cats, bulls, deer), and in one part of the portraits. The treatment in the iconography, on the contrary, has become more sophisticated, taking direction of Byzantine or Renaissance style.
Djurovic's art has been well accepted by members of the Roman Catholic Church. Some of his paintings adorn the rooms of Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals: Fiorenzo Angelini, Tarcisio Bertone, Gianfranco Ravasi, Tomas Špidlik.
Most of the frescoes and icons were executed in the churches in Lazio: Centro Ecumenico Internazionale per la Riconciliazione (Lavinio), Chiesa del Corpus et Verbum Domini (Lavinio), Santa Maria in Cielo (Villa Claudia), Santi Pio ed Antonio (Anzio), and Santa Barbara (Nettuno).
He has painted several large icons for the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, including some for the office of the Dean, for the secretary's office, and for the Library. He is currently painting in the churches in Lazio and teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts and Conservation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade (Аkademija Srpske Pravoslavne Crkve za umetnost i konzervaciju).
- Crkveni kanoni. Sinopsis, Beograd 1997.
- Sveti Avgustin, O blaženom životu. Latinski tekst naporedo, opšti i posebni uvod u predkrštenjske Dijaloge sv. Augustina Nello Ciprijani, kura, prevod, note i indeksi Z. Đurović. Ed. Hinaki: Izvori br. 1. Beograd 2008.
- La protologia e l'escatologia nel De Genesi ad litteram di sant’Agostino. Analisi esegetico-teologica, (Excerpta ex dissertatione ad Doctoratum in Theologia et Scientiis Patristicis), Romae 2010.
- Lik i Prvolik, in Beseda 1-4 (1993) 227-231.
- Ranohrišćanska Paideia, in Teološki pogledi 1-4 (1995) 121-182.
- Teofan Grk, in Danube-the river of collaboration, internacionalni kongres naučnika podunavskih zemalja, Beograd (2001), prešt. u Sabornost 1-2 (1998).
- Pravoslavlje za početnike (serija članaka u nastavcima), in Smederevska Sedmica (2000–2001).
- Srbijani (strip u nastavcima), in Smederevska Sedmica (2000–2001).
- St. Augustine's Filioque in the Treatise 99 on the Gospel of John, in Philotheos 7 (2007) 218-231.
- Sant'Agostino: Non posse peccare, in Philotheos 9 (2009) 99-127.
- Le acrides di Mt. 3, 4: 'locuste' o 'vegetali'? in Sabornost (Teološki godišnjak) 2 (2008) 43-59.
- Teorija ikone sv. Grigorija II, Pape rimskog, in Živopis 2 (2008) 29-46.
- Shvatanje ikone kod Svetog Grigorija Velikog, Pape rimskog, in Živopis 3 (2009) 153-187.
- Problem autorstva Simvola vere Grigorija Čudotvorca, in Srpska teologija danas (2009), ed. B. Šijaković, Beograd (2010) 167-183.
- Isus Nazarećanin: ikonoborački argument protiv predstave Isusa sa dugom kosom, in Ikonografske studije 3 (2010) 23-49.
- Karpokratijani, dve jeresi? in Otačnik III/2 (2009) 173-179; 54-67.
- Mk. 1, 1, in Teološki pogledi 1-3 (2010) 49-56.
- Minucije Feliks: hrišćanstvo bez hrama i svetih slika, in Ikonografske studije 4 (2011) 123-135.
- Đakonise u kanonu XV halkidonskog sabora, in Srpska teologija danas (2011), ed. B. Šijaković, Beograd (2011) 100-111.
Translations from Greek in Serbian
- Sv. German Konstantinopoljski, Izlaganje o crkvi i mističko sagledanje, in Sabornost 3-4 (2000) 67-138 [Paul Meyendorff, St. Germanus of Constantinople, On the Divine Liturgy].
- Sv. Teodor Studit, Treće pobijanje ikonoboraca, in Sabornost 1-2 (1998) 39-70 [Catherine P. Roth, St. Theodore the Studite, On the Holy Icons, (only the Third Refusal of Iconoclasts)].
- Walter Kasper (ed.), Il ministero petrino, cattolici e ortodossi in dialogo, (Pontificium Consilium ad Unitatem Christianorum Fovendam) Roma, Città Nuova, 2004 (In press).
- Emmanuel M. Carriera S. I., Il principio antropico, in La Civilità Cattolica I (2002) 435-446. (In press).
- Yves Congar, L'Église et les églises, 1054-1954: Neuf cents ans après, ed. de l'Abbaye, Chevetogne 1954, trad. et introd. with Suzana Djurovic (In press).
- Directory of Officials of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Directorate. 1980. Search this book on
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