was the hand of God that joined a Serbian woman and a Russian man,
who had come to Serbia as boy, with his parents, after the October
Revolution in Russia.
So, on April 19th 1939. in Uzice, they got their son Djordje - Djordje
In 1946. the family moved to Belgrade. After completing his grammar school,
Djordje was admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts. Few months later he
left it to enroll at the Academy of Applied Arts where he graduated in
the class of Professor Mihailo Petrov.
During his studies Prudnikoff was rewarded several times for graphic
Graphic (industrial) design was his preoccupation while staying in Wienna,
leaving for Vienna, after visiting an industrial design exhibition
that inspired him, he started to do industrial
design himself. It
was design of completely new shapes of glasses. In Vienna, he had
contacts with ROSENTHAL, GRALGLASS and other companies that belonged
to Euro "Group 21". They were not only full of compliments
for the artist but offered him a cooperation. After 5 months spent
in Vienna, he returned to Belgrade for a summer holiday. Nostalgic
feelings overwhelmed him and he remained at home.
That was most likely the reason why some of his ideas were used
while he was away, and without his approval. One of his ideas even
won the ''Oscar'' for design in 1969. in Germany.
At the International competition for new ideas in furniture design,
in 1968 in Italy, he was granted a reward and 3 months scholarship
by the company called SORMANII from Milan for perfecting himself
in furniture design.
During and after his studies he was mostly occupied with creations
in the field of applied arts and took part in projects for furniture
and applied pottery for several well-known Italian enterprises. His
work was selected for the ITALIAN DESIGN exhibitions in many European
metropolises, and that was the time when Italian design was considered
one of the best in the world.
While staying in Italy, he established a good cooperation with GABBIANELLI
(and some others), and achieved his greatest success.
met many interesting people in Italy, the most impressive contact
being with Mr.Dino Gavina, one of the
pioneers of industrial
design who said that "he had waited for such an Artist" There
were remarkable proposals to work in Bologna but, unfortunately,
the two distinct personalities had conflicts from the very beginning.
That was unfortunate, of course. As he stayed in Belgrade longer
than he planned, he failed to take his chance to realise his project
''Habitata'', already accepted at the Milano Trienale in 1975, for
a well known enterprise ''ZANOTTA'' /transparent armchair, armchair
in a shape of the sack /
In 1976. he had left Italy, and only 18 years later learned abut
the reason why Italian authorities had not granted him extended work
permit. There was a bad guy who lived in Milan at the same time,
and possessed a passport in the name of Prudnikoff. That man loved
his painting but had no idea how he affected his life.
Prudnikoff's idea was borrowed in Italy as well, and an ''armchair
- FIELD'' won the 1st prize at an international contest, but it was
not registered under his name .
In Belgrade, Prudnikoff became famous not only as an artist, but
for his whole-page advertisements announced in daily newspapers.
These advertisements symbolized his reactions to certain occurrences,
whether he approved of them or not. At first, this way of communication
with the community represented his discontent with the contemporary
art critique that did not accept him, and that, apart from few exceptions,
did not win his confidence.