Živorad Nastasijević was a prominent Serbian painter in the period between the two World Wars. He completed the Belgrade School of Arts and Crafts in 1911, after which he studied art in Munch in 1913–14. He took part in World War I first as a soldier (until 1917) and then as a war painter of the General Headquarters of the Serbian army. Between 1920 and 1922, Nastasijević lived in Paris and worked at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with Professor Claudio Castelucho. He was a member of several artists' associations and, in 1927, one of the initiators and founders of the artistic group ZOGRAF. Nastasijević advocated the creation of a national style in Serbian art based on a revival of medieval tradition. In his early phase, he painted landscapes and mythology paintings. He later painted several iconostases of considerable artistic significance and turned to fresco painting.