Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (present-day Serbia), in 1935. He lives and works in Arcueil and Paris. Vladimir Velickovic graduates from the Faculty of Architecture at Belgrade University in 1960. His first individual exhibition takes place in 1963 in Belgrade. In 1977 he participates in the exhibition Mythologies Quotidiennes in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He teaches at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1983 and 2000. In 2006 he becomes a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
In the early 60’s, Vladimir Velickovic chooses the motifs that will characterize all his work. He paints men or animals (most of the times rats or dogs), whose bodies are confronted with dramatic and terrifying situations. He expresses tensions, feelings of despair and uneasiness by overloading his work with traces. He mostly uses black, gray and white, and adds red for blood. In 1972 he begins creating a series of paintings and illustrations inspired on Eadweard Muybridge’s pictures (Descentes, 1989-1991 and Crochets, 1983-1991). “He tries to leave a scar” in the memory of the people who see his paintings. In the early years of the 21st century he presents a collection of paintings, Feu (fire), these recall the war that has devastated his country: we see crows in a world in ruins, ashen landscapes (Feu, 2002).