Branko Andrić-Andrla

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Born(1942-04-09)April 9, 1942
Novi Sad, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
DiedOctober 20, 2005(2005-10-20) (aged 63)
Dunaujvaros, Hungary
Cause of deathAccident
EducationPolitical Science
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
  • Writer
  • Artist
  • Branko Andrić (father)

Branko Andrić-Andrla (Novi Sad, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, 9 April 1942 - Dunaujvaros, Hungary, 20 October 2005) was a Serbian writer and multidisciplinary artist. He was engaged in music, writing, film and drawing comics. [1] He lived in Novi Sad and Vienna.


Childhood and youth

Branko Andrić was born in 1942 in Novi Sad. His father Branko Andrić (1921-1942) was arrested by Hungarian fascists two months before Andrla was born and killed in what is now called the Novi Sad raid in southern Bačka where thousands of victims were thrown under the ice of the frozen Danube.

After graduating from the humanities Gymnasium Jovan Jovanović Zmaj in Novi Sad, Andrić graduated from the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade and the Higher Pedagogical School, majoring in Fine Arts in Novi Sad. After graduating, he began writing for numerous Serbian cultural magazines Letopis Matice srpske, Student, Književna reč, Student, Index, Oko, Riječka revija, Polja, Lica, etc. He held numerous literary evenings throughout Yugoslavia and collaborated on the films Dušan Makavejev, Želimir Žilnik and Karp Aćimović - Years. The short film "Healthy People for Leisure" (Litany for ideal people) by Karp Ačimović-Godine, accompanied by Branko Andrić, won the first prize of the short film festival in Belgrade and the journalist award in Oberhausen, Germany. [2]

Moving to Vienna

Branko Andrić moved to Vienna in 1972, met Dieter Schrage and participated in the free cinema program. In addition to his work as a cartoonist, he began writing songs in German ("Gastarbejterske pesme"), which he published in the early 80's as a self-publisher. He participated in the founding and revival of the Vienna Arena. His contribution to the program of the Vienna Arena, from the 70s to the 90s, included literary evenings, and the performance of the group Imperium of Jazz, as well as the initialization and organization of several music festivals of alternative music from all over Yugoslavia. They received numerous awards such as First prize at the Xerox Art Graphics Competition in 1975.

Imperium of Jazz

At the end of the '70s, Branko Andrić founded the group Vojvodina Blues Band with which he performed several times in Belgrade and Novi Sad. In the early 80's he left the "Vojvodina Blues Band" to found "Imperium of Jazz" (correctly spelled with v, Latin u). The best musicians from Novi Sad performed in the band from the very beginning. Until 2005, 150 musicians performed in various arrangements. Famous names: Boris Kovač, Zoran Bulatović-Bale, Jovan Torbica, Zoran Mraković, Atila Shoti ...


On October 20, 2005, Branko Andrić collided with a "driver who crossed over to his side" on a street near Dunaujvaros, and lost his life. [3]

The Center for Arts and Artistic and Cultural Events in Vienna, named after him, was founded in 2014. [4]

Research projects

  • Writer and artist Branko Andrić - Andrla, 2014 - today , Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna / Institute for the Science of Art and Culture, Dissertation Mag. Branko Andrić.


  1. Ivkov, Slobodan. „Research and new ways in comics ” (and a short biography of Andrla), in: 60 years of domestic comics in Serbia , Gallery Likovni susret, Subotica, 1995.
  2. [http: // Art magazine; interview with Branko Andrić]
  3. Popbox; Branko Andrić Andrla died
  4. to the artist Večernje novosti; Honor to Branko Andrić

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