/ my story

Hello, I am Sanja, the artist behind Winerelle!

Winerelle art project was born in 2015 when I spilled some red wine on the white tablecloth at a wine tasting. After that little “incident”, I have been creating the art from wine stains and began touring around the world to perform live at wine tastings and teach wine painting techniques.

Over the years, I have developed a recognizable and delicate painting style with an exquisite color palette from the selected grape varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marselan, Petit Verdot, Saperavi, and Shiraz.

I am curious to try out the colors hiding inside different wine bottles, while always on the lookout for the finest varietals with rich pigment. The painting starts as soon as the bottle is opened.
The naturally intense wine color comes from compounds like tannins and pigments called anthocyanins. No wonder that back in medieval times wine was usually mixed with ink.
The artworks are alive, and colors will continue to develop over time due to the “aging" process.
Wine is the safest art material out there. No toxic paints in the drains.
Wine paintings don't like exposure to the sun, direct light sources and high humidity - just like any other artwork. They will be preserved best when kept under a glass frame, at normal room temperature and away from harmful elements.
I never mix different wines in the same container; it would result in a dull color. Instead, each wine varietal is used as a separate stroke to achieve a subtle color difference between purple, pink, magenta, and deep red.
Artworks are made on the professional grade cold pressed cotton paper and brushes cleaned with Sauvignon Blanc. Mistakes are irreversible. Once the stain gets absorbed, it stays forever.
/ artist bio

Sanja is a professional artist performing in different fields of creative industry and higher education, working with all nationalities and age groups. Sanja holds an MFA degree in the painting field and currently resides in Dubai where she works as a lecturer in modern art to undergraduate students.

She has participated in various creative projects in Europe, China, South Korea, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. 

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/ exhibitions list

- Retrospective solo exhibition “Grape to Canvas” under the patronage of SKC Taraba at Gallery Vibes, Dubai
- Concours Mondial des Vins Féminalise, live performance at Parc Floral pavilion in Paris, France

- Group exhibition “The Power of the Line” at Studio 7, Dubai
- Group exhibition and conference at WILFORUM, The Address Residence Skyview, Dubai
- Group exhibition of small format artworks “The Land of Tolerance”, Dubai International Art Centre

- Solo exhibition and masterclass at Crab Market Restaurant & Lounge, Dubai
- Group exhibition of mixed media art at The Waterfront Market Dubai
- Group exhibition “Press for Progress” at The One and Only Royal Mirage Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Butti Bin Suhail AI Maktoum

- Group exhibition of watercolor art, UAE Community representative at Fabriano in Aquarello, Italy
- Traveling group watercolor exhibition in association with InArte Fabriano and International Watercolor Museum at Fabriano (Brazil/Italy/India/UAE)
- Group exhibition at The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel
- Group exhibition “Share and Care”, Orient Guesthouse, Dubai Heritage Village
- Solo exhibition of wine painting at Hotel Fairmont the Palm, Dubai
- Solo exhibition and wine painting masterclass, Golden Salon at Taleon Imperial Hotel, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
- Solo exhibition and live demo painting with wine at Iris, Dubai
- Solo exhibition and live demo painting with wine, Novosibirsk Marriott Hotel, Russia

- Showcase during the 12th Belgrade Wine Salon, Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Serbia
- Participation following Dr Jovan Maksimovic's book publishing presentation of “Plague in Srem District during XVIII century” research, First Serbian Reading Room in Irig, Serbia
- Open air solo exhibition during VI historical manifestation of Roman days at Syrmia archaeological finds, Serbia
- Group exhibition of mixed media art at Kozara Museum in Prijedor, Republika Srpska
- Solo exhibition and workshop “Colorful English world”, Huang Shi Dong Lu, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China
- Group exhibition, Annual XVI Art Salon of Ruma, Great Hall Gallery at the Cultural Centre Ruma, Serbia
- Group show “The Differences Project” SKCNS Fabrika, Novi Sad, Serbia
- Group showcase of Fine art photography "RUF", Great Hall Gallery, Ruma, Serbia
- The Book Project, a collaboration project between students and professors, Academy of Arts Novi Sad, Serbia
- MFA Graduation Project “Evangile des Agneaux/Gospel of the Lamb”, Multimedia Hall of Academy of arts Novi Sad, Serbia

- Group exhibition Annual XV Art Salon of Ruma, Great Hall Gallery, the Cultural Centre Ruma, Serbia
- Group exhibition "The Day of youth", Great Hall Gallery, the Cultural Centre Ruma, Serbia
- Group exhibition "Painters to their own city", at Cultural Summer of 2013, Great Hall Gallery, Ruma, Serbia
- Group show “The Differences Project” SKCNS Fabrika, Novi Sad, Serbia
- Collective, selective, thematic art project "Rhythm", City Gallery Fonticus, Groznjan, Republic of Croatia
- The Summer culture project of Prijedor 2013", Kozara Museum, Prijedor, Republika Srpska
- 7th Festival of Art and Music followed by a group exhibition "Something/Everything", Gallery 96, Prijedor, Republika Srpska
- III Biennale of small format aquarelle paintings, SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
- URTICA group: HoopUp project "Do something in a circle", ULUV Gallery Novi Sad, Serbia
- Annual Degree Exhibition of the Department of Visual Arts of the Academy of Arts, Gallery of Matica srpska Novi Sad, Serbia
- Collective project „Triangular Workshop: Strasbourg – Seoul – Novi Sad”, French institute in Novi Sad, Baum Art Gallery, Seoul; Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs Strasbourg

- Group show “The Differences Project”, Gallery of Modern Art, Zrenjanin, Serbia
- Group show “The Differences Project” SKCNS Fabrika, Novi Sad, Serbia 

- Group show “The Differences Project”, in co-production with INFANT University Library Svetozar Markovic, Belgrade (International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre), Serbia
- Group show “The Differences Project”, SCKNS „Fabrika“, in co-production with INFANT SKC Factory Novi Sad (International Festival of Alternative and New Theatre), Serbia
- Student group exhibition “Visual Elements” at Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection, Novi Sad, Serbia