Drago Došen was born in former Yugoslavia (Bosnia) in 1943. He dedicated himself to the art at his early age in which he showed a great talent. Upon the graduation from the High School of Art in Sarajevo, he continued his studies in Belgrade where he graduated from the Academy of the Aplied Arts in 1970. Drago Došen concepts link him to the early 1970's generation of Belgrade painters who turned toward a fundamental experience of nature, reinstating the subject theme in their paintings. In 1975, Drago started exhibiting his work, which resulted in the great interest throughout Yugoslavia and Europe. It didn’t take long before his paintings enjoyed great critiques and reviews from his fellow artists and the general public. This made him one of the most recognizable artists on the home soil at the time. Throughout 20 years of exhibiting in a number of galleries in many countries, Drago managed to sell well over 400 paintings that went to private and public collections. In 1995 Drago moved to New Zealand where he continued to exhibit his work, looking for new challenges and aspirations. His recent work was inspired by the new surroundings which brings different flavour to his extensive portfolio.


  • ULUS (1975-1994) - Belgrade, SRB
  • Oktobarski Salon (1975,1978) - Belgrade, SRB
  • Solo Exhibition (1977,1978) - Belgrade, SRB
  • International Drawing Exhibition - Rijeka, HRV
  • Solo Exhibition (1994) - Tokyo, JPN
  • Briarhouse (1996) - Hamilton, NZL
  • Mairangi Art Centre (2003,2004) - Auckland, NZL
  • SOKI Illustration (2004) - Soul, KOR
  • Art For Nature (2005) - Utrecht, NLD
  • Solo Exhibition (2008) - Auckland, NZL
Došen's scenes are woven from fine pigment, dreams and nostalgia. They are executed in an almost-forgotten watercolor technique that is rather unusual in our day and age. They reflect the minute craftsmanship of the Northern Renaissance, a touching Neo-Classicism that seems to have gone astray in an age of brutality, the persistence of someone who recalls his native soil with enduring love...

Momo Kapor
Novelist and Painter Catalogue 1977

Došen's scenes conjure up an extraordinary atmosphere, a romantic note resting on the dividing line between present-day aspirations and the heritage of the past.

Pavle Vasić
Journalist Politika 1978