Igor Josifov was born in 1986, in Kavadarci, Macedonia. He currently lives between San Francisco and New York. Josifov exhibits his works and performs internationally. In 2012, the National Museum of Contemporary Arts in Skopje (Macedonia) dedicated a solo exhibition to the artist: Igor Josifov – selected works (2007-2012) not long after his participation to Marina Abramović: The Artist is present at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010 and his performance 2-Dimensional executed at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Maraya Art Center in Sharjah.
Josifov is famous for the diversity of his multiple works and the way he uses the human body to share his views and messages about our contemporary world. In his role as a performance artist he draws on all types of media to create his performances. As visually striking offerings with various metaphoric meanings, his works all have a touch of theatricality.
After the School For Applied Arts “Lazar Licenoski” in Skopje (Macedonia), Josifov graduated from the Academy of Art at the San Francisco University in California, in 2008. As early as 2000, 14-year-old Josifov was already taking part in his first group exhibition at The International Museum of Children’s Art in Norway. In 2004, his works were shown at the Museum of Skopje in Macedonia. Then, from 2007 onwards, he performed regularly in the United States executing the Missing Performance installation in Miami in 2008 as well as Purification Process in New York the same year.
In 2007, he held his first solo exhibition Art In Search Of The ‘I’ in San Francisco. Then from 2008 to 2010, Josifov had numerous exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago where he presented projects such as Art Interrupted (2008), Mental Prison (2009), and Being you, uses me (2009).
In 2010, he participated in several group shows such as Lost Bodies (a collaboration with M. Ryan Noble) at the Mala Stanica and at the National Gallery of Arts in Macedonia. Co-founder with Marina Abramović of the Marina Abramović Institute in San Francisco, he participated in the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present at the MoMA in New York in 2010.
This young artist possesses talent and uniqueness, traits that explain the continuous and exponential evolution of his career.