Born in Horgoš (Yugoslavia) in 1930, Đorđe Ivačković graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade in 1955, and was also an avant-garde jazz musician. In the early 1960s, he emigrated to Paris, where he remained, working there as a painter until his death in 2012.
Ivačković approached painting directly through abstraction, as it offered him a degree of artistic freedom that he had until then been able to express and achieve through music. In the 1950s, he was strongly influenced by contemporary French and American painters. As the artistic scene in Belgrade at the time was very much dominated by political and ideological constraints, he found a more fertile environment for his work in Paris. Critics describe his work as having drawn upon the fundamentals of lyrical abstraction, and as having contributed to the evolution of this stream.