My given name is Gëzim A. Bonjaku, also known as Muhammed Jetimi (my name of art).
I was born in Kavajë, Albania, and my home-studio is currently based here. I received the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Conceptual Arts and Multimedia from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Tirana in 2002. Throughout my training, I have mastered my technical skills with various mediums, however, most of my creative work consists of oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, black-lead, mixed media paintings, artistic photography, installations and videoart. As a visual artist, I have built an extensive portfolio of photographic art, which, since from a very young age, remains one of my favorite mediums to express myself.
I used to say that “even nothing happen” to make the difference! My favorite quote that inspires me is: “We’re all asleep, when we’ll die, we will wake up”!
It is easy for me to feel inspired. Firstly, when I start a drawing or a painting, I seek ways to explore my canvas as in the Cosmos, or in seas and oceans, or like I were in the middle of the Sahara desert, unearthing, revealing, proclaiming and manifesting the treasures of the truth, covered by sand dunes, by deep waters and profound skies to only conceal them again by colorful, transparent words of silence, giving the opportunity to the art lovers to put the pieces of the puzzle together and discover the complete meaning by themselves! Artists that inspire me and whose work I admire are Vassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp, Amedeo Modigliani, Ibrahim Kodra, Piet Mondrian, Gustav Klimt, Alfons Mucha, Frida Kahlò, Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, El Lissitzky, Man Ray, Antoni Arissa, Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, Antoni Gaudí, Zaha Hadid and many others – it is hard to pick just one favorite artist in a World of limitless means to express art and beauty.
Since 2003, I serve as an arts professor at the Artistic High School of Kavaja, where I teach painting, drawing, textile, graphic design, history of art, artistic anatomy and aesthetics to students in the grades ten through thirteen. As I grow professionally, I enjoy teaching and sharing my love of art with my students and I remain committed to mentoring junior artists.
and critiquing my work!