For decades, turbofolk — high octane Serbian pop laced with traditional Balkans music — has been shunned as a kitsch dance-floor filler.  

But now, the genre is opening up new space for expression, with artists such as Belgrade-born Aleksandar Denic finding ways to explore this mainstream pop culture. 

Combining his love of music with a passion for portraiture, Denic has painted some of the country's biggest stars. His work, like turbofolk itself, is a blend of old and new: mixing traditional Orthodox iconography with famous figures from Serbia's present. 

To read a full interview with Denic on Balkan Insight, click here.

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