DARKO RANKOVIC was born in 1942. in Belgrade. He graduated painting from Academy of Applied Arts in Belgrade in 1965. Painter and graphic artist. Associate professor at Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade since 1998. Member of ULUPUDS. He had more than 35 individual exhibitions in Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany. He has organized first collective exhibitions with the group “Red Fox” (Burgar, Korac, Rankovic, Sugovic) and in cooperation with Janko Mihailovic’s gallery “Small Stone”. More than 50 collective exhibitions and applied works in: Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Flandreau, Spain and New Zealand. Winner of 1st Prize on international competition “See Vuk” in 1996. He made throne icons and mosaic for the Church of Saint Martyr Stephen on Brezovica.
Some of the art critics about Darko-s work : ‘’Politika’’, Thursdayy 20.June 1968.Mr. Pavle Vasic''Some of the paintings have some exquisite strenght in their artistic structure, so that some quite different elements are organized in a harmonious totality. In a way , Darko Rankovic reminds of the Austrian painter Rimack, of course not according to his style, but according to a certain use of elements, in accordance with their unusual oppositions, crystalized in an unusual, sometimes sharp, crude , but , undoubtedly vigorous expression''. ''Novosti'', Tuesday 26.January 1971.Mr. Laza Tomic''In Darko Rankovic's paintings a vigorous feeling of human unrest is present his constant necessity for unknown things. Some parts of dreams are lined up in front of us, the animated imagination of the artist leads us into the world of visions. We are present to immense wanderings of human spirit which, in its creative effort, bares itself''.''Uomo e immagini''n. 23/29, 1970Milan Elio Djino Roda'' A remarkable wealth of the colour scale marked by the significant heritage of brilliance that we have carelessly forgotten, the ful history of the Slavic world comes back in our memory now. In some of rankovic's drawings, narrative data descent in the clever, ironic symbolics, upsetting, the one that is remembered sincerely and in an unusual way''.''Ilustrovana Politika'', 3.June 1969.Vladimir Bunjac
''Darko Rankovic is not only the painter of our historic fantasy, he is also the painter of Serbian mentality, characters, legends, beliefs, hatred tragedy and humour- everything that was left as inheritance, everything that left traces up to the present-day''.
T.H. ''La Suisse'', 2.September 1971. Lausanne-Sion
''The underground decoration and the mysterious atmosphere(of the gallery) perfectly fit into the unusual creation of Darko rankovic, to the creativity comletely premated by Serbian and Hellenic traditions, fantastic work in which erotics and mysticism touch each other, the past of legends and the wanderings of the future, where in the supreme wealth of colours beauty interferes, humour and tragedy, life and death are created...''
''Les Lettres Francaises'' Paris, 4.October 1972. Henri Adam
''One is in misgiving between surrealism and fantasy, when he tends to qualify paintings of the Yugoslav Darko who exhibits in Paris for first time. In fact, it is a meditative work, which is fantastic realism by its character, inspired by folklore, literature and poetry of Yugoslavia. Exceptionally free imagination , harmonized with much knowledge , frequenly experienced in a profound way, inspires him for the works such as ''A Rhinoceros in Meditation'' and ''A Child's Dream''. Darko asks himself many questions and the pictures similar to the ''Descend into time'' originate from there. Every work brings unusually decorated persons, painted with much strenght through a brilliant drawing. That painting is preeated by poetry and mystery''.
''Combat'',Paris 2.October 1972. Mondher Ben Milad
''In the gallery ''Transposition'' mDarko exhibits his carefully painted oil paintings of intensive colours, which show his exquisite taste for fantastic and imaginary things. Generally speaking, his painting is meticulous. In his works he associates a sharp gift for the anecdote and character traits with his evident qualities of a portrait master''.
''Le Peintre'', Paris 15.October 1972.
''Darko, born in Belgrade 1942, brings a new climate in the Paris galleries. The painter who possesses on the whole a classical craft, presents faces(by drawing, sometimes very emphasized) displayed to the affect of some powers in a conflict, mixes up humor and tragedy, talking life as an example and seasons the most banal reality by the dream virtue. That exhibition is far from being a usual one – an ordinary one.
''Le Quotidien du Medecin'', Paris 12.October 1972.
''His palette is sober, but still brilliant, his drawing is precise, sometimes sharp. A miror of reality, his work constitutes visions, often allusive, motives discretely symbolic, mosters presented with a feeling of measure''.
''Carrefour'', Paris 11.October 1972. Lucette Schouler
''His care for the painting technique and the search for the perfection of ancient traditions is constantly present in these strange canvases whose plastic beauty constitutes a view into an invisible area''.
''Zuger Tagblatt- Luzerner Tagblatt'', Samstag 27.October 1973. '' With the precision of ancient masters, Darko paints true reality , but in a completly contradictory relation''.
''Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung'' , May 1973. ''His too wild fantasy makes drawing and water colours of the Yugoslav artist Darko Rankovic attractive and fascinating.
''Garrefour'', Paris 23.October 1975. Lucatte Schouler His style, admirably calm, remains a source of fascinating surprises. An analysis of his own imaginary space , firm and fragile at the same time, a refined poetry of colours, an original organization of space, are mutually connected as a fabric which this explorer of secrets knows how to tie between himself and spectator.