participants

2013

Mitja Stanek
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Slovenia

Born 1964 in Maribor. After his final exams at the Ljutomer Gymnasium, he enrolled in the Faculty of Education in Maribor, where he graduated in fine arts education in 1986. In 1995, he graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and enrolled in a Master’s course in graphic arts. His featured starting point is likewise the issue of graphic code transformed into a sculptural object, since graphic art is, next to sculpture, Mitja Stanek’s most intensively used mode of expression.

Donald Buglass
Vessel

New Zealand

Born 1962 in New Zealand. Graduated from the National Art School at the Sydney Academy in 1991.  He is a member of the Artists in Nature International Network. He has attended a number of sculpture colonies around the world. He executed is an elliptical, elongated and upside-down silhouette of a boat constructed of wooden discs that mutually support each other solely by means of the laws of physics.

Liliya Pobornikova
Flowers

Bulgaria

Born 1979 in Bulgaria. Studied at the College of Art in Tryavna and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In 2008, she completed her Master’s course with Prof. Peter Bonev, focusing on sculpture in wood. She is a member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. She has attended a number of sculpture colonies at home and abroad. Ms Pobornikova lives and works in Spain. The flowers created for the Forma Viva in Kostanjevica are based on the author’s lyrical poetic of aesthetic apotheosis, which is inspired by the genesis of nature, while trying to stay true to the forms created by nature itself.

2011

Denis Krašković
Goodness

Croatia

Denis Krašković
Born in Zagreb in 1972. Graduated in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb under Professor Stanko Jančić. Mentored by Professor Jože Barši, he received his B.A. in 2010 from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Since 2007 he has been employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Fine Arts of the Academy of Arts in Osijek where he lectures on sculpture. He exhibited his works in a number of independent and group exhibits, both in Croatia (Zagreb, Split, Reka, Osijek, Rovinj, Pula, Labin, Koprivnica, Sisak, Dubrovnik, Šibenik, and Slavonski Brod) and abroad (Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles, Torino, Prague, Tel Aviv, Krakow,
Johannesburg, Ljubljana, Skopje, and Olomouc). Apart from sculpture, he creates paintings, comic strips, video, and animated art. He has received several awards, notably the 2000 Grand Prix of the Youth Salon in Zagreb. He lives and works in Zagreb.

Karen Macher Nesta
Natural Seesaw

Peru

Karen Macher Nesta Born in Lima, the capital of Peru. Graduated in sculpture from the Fine Arts Academy of the Catholic University of Peru in 2005. Received her B.A. in art production at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain in 2008. As a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts and at the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Design in Peru, she has in the last two years been conducting seminars on drawing and sculpture. She exhibited her work in two independent and a dozen of group exhibits and has received several awards in South American countries. In addition to sculpture, she creates drawings and art installations connected with ecological themes. She has participated in eight sculpture symposiums in South America, Europe, and Asia. She lives and works in Lima, Peru.

Reinhold Neururer
Protective Fence for the Nature

Austria

Reinhold Neururer born in 1957 in Tyrol, Austria. Graduated from the Vocational Technical School in Innsbruck, Austria in 1976 and in 1990 from the Pedagogical University Tyrol in Innsbruck. In addition to other training seminars he received further instruction at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Salzburg under the mentorship of American Professor Nancy Davidson. Apart from constructivist sculpture installations he creates graphics and light installations with fire. He has participated in a number of sculpture symposia where he has also received several awards. He is the author of many public installations, notably the Great Barrier situated on the Silvretta Bieler Hőhe ski slope at an altitude of over 2000 meters. He lives and works in Tarrenz, Austria.

2008

Samo Škoberne
Puls Vital

Slovenia/Germany

Samo Škoberne born in Celje in 1965. Graduated in sculpture at the Alain Alfter University in Germany and is working as a freelance artist since 1999. He exhibited in several independent exhibitions in Germany, Celje Center for Conteporary Arts. He is the author of many projects for open spaces in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.

Klaus Grosskopf
Hommage

Germany

Born in Berlin in 1939. Graduated in sculpture in Munich and Paris. As a Professor of plastic design he worked at many universities in West Berlin. Since 1973 he is a member of the German Association of visual artists and, since 2004 also a president of the Board. Since 1966 he exhibited his works in a number of independent and group exhibits in Germany and abroad.

Polona Demšar
Wild chestnut

Slovenia

Born in 1979 in Ljubljana. In 2003, graduated in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Luj Vodopivec and Prof. Lev Kreft. In 2007, she completed her Master studies at the same Academy, after the mentorship of Prof. Tanja Pak. She participated at numerous international symposiums both in Slovenia and internationally (Croatia, Czech Republic, Serbia).

2006

Urša Toman
Legs

Slovenia

Born in Ljubljana in 1972. Graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Matjaž Počivavšek.  Since 1993 she collaborates with AKC Metelkova, SEZAM and FAMUL. She is living and working as a freelance artist in Ljubljana.

Agnessa Ivanova Petrova
Streams

Bulgaria

Agnessa Ivanova Petrova was born in 1968. Graduated in 1968 from the Academy of Fine Arts Sofia, where she completed her doctoral study. She has participated in many sculpture symposia, both in Bulgaria and internationally.  Lives and works in Sofia. 

Magdalena Miočinović Andrić
Man D

Serbia

Magdalena Miočinović Andrić was born in 1972 in Belgrade. She received a degree in Sculpture from Belgrade’s faculty of Fine Arts in 2003. During her studies, she has been awarded for her works in wood and metal. She is a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia.

2004

Niculae Seaptefrati
Accent

Romania

Born in 1947 in Jurilovca (Romania). Graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Bucharest in 1974. Worked as a teacher, curator and set designer. In 2003 – 04, he worked as a free-lance artist in Bucarest. His works are exhibited in the collection of Modern Art Museum in Galacia, Romania. Sculptor made during his stay in Kostanjevica is his last monumental work, for he died in November 2004.

Sreten Milatović
Remains of Noah's Ark

Montenegro

Born in 1966 in Nikšič. Graduated 1992 at the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo in the class of Prof. Alija Kučukalić. In 2007 he completed Master studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts Cetinje where he works as associative professor at the Department of Sculpture. His works are permanently exhibited in collections of Montenegro National Museum in Cetinje and in Podgorica’s Modern Gallery.

Boštjan Drinovec
First contact

Slovenia

Born in 1973 in Ljubljana. Graduated 1998 at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana where he also completed his Master studies in sculpture. In 2005, Ljubljana’s Mayor awarded him with ‘The Eye and The Spirit’ award. In 2008 he participated at the Forma Viva Symposium in Ravne na Koroškem.

2002

Mustafa Skopljak
Remains of the Nude

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mustafa Skopljak was born in 1947 in Kotor Varos and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1970. In 1988, he completed his postgraduate degree at the same Academy.  He works as Professor of sculpture at the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts and at the faculty of Education in Mostar. He has participated in more than twenty symposiums.

Nigel Ross
The River

Great Britain

Born in 1946 in Hoddesdon (Scotland). He sculpts exclusively in wood. Trees and wood are a theme that has run through his life, the source of his inspiration being rhythms and energy of nature.

Tyrone Mitchell
Ko-Ko for K. M.

USA

Born in 1944 in Savannah (Georgia). He currently teaches at Queens College, New York. His work is a successful synthesis of African culture and contemporary Western sculpture’s trends. Lives and works in New York.

2000

Darko Golija
Allegory to Landscape

Slovenia

Born in Maribor in 1965. In 1989, he graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana and completed his postgraduate studies at the same Academy in 1993, in the class of Prof. Lujo Vodopivec. Works as Professor for Sculpture at the Faculty of Education in Maribor, where he is also a Head of Department.

James P. Nestor
Pile dwellers

USA

James Nestor he also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Masters of Art from Kent State University (1974) and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University (1979). He works as Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University in Pennsylvania. Nestor has been a guest lecturer at numerous Universities, i.e. the University of Zagreb (2002) and at University of Ljubljana (1999).

 

Johann Feilacher
Doors to the Forest

Austria

Johann Feilacher  born in Villach in 1954. Studied in Graz. He worked as assistant of Prof. Leo Navratil in House of Artists, Gugging, 1983 – 86 , from 1986 he is also a director of the institution. Creates mostly in wood.  He is author of numerous theoretic essays, mostly concerned with Art Brut movement. At the Forma Viva Symposium, he considered the local’s request and completed the sculpture ‘Natural Oak – Remembering Ressel’ beside ‘The Doors to the Forest’.

1998

Roman Makše
Interier

Slovenia

Born in Ljubljana in 1963. Graduated in Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1989 and completed his post degree studies in 1994. Works as Associate Professor of Sculpture at the Faculty of Education, University of Ljubljana. In 2007, he exhibited at the Former Monastery Church of the Božidar Jakac Art Museum.

Alfonso Berridi
Untitled

Spain

Alfonso Berridi born in San Sebastian in 1958. Graduated in Art History at the Universidad autonoma de Madrid and at the Faculty of Applied Art in Madrid. In 1986, he made sculpture at the village Marušiči together with Andraž Šalamun. He exhibited in Coastal Galleries Piran (1992) and in A+A Gallery Madrid (1995).

Petar Barišić
Grounded Roof

Croatia

Born in Vrlik in 1954. Graduated in 1978 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Ivan Sabolić. Since 2002, he works as Professor of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In 2008 he received the ‘Best Croatian exhibition’ award for his exhibition ‘White’. In 2009, he prepared site-specific installation for the Former Convent Church of Božidar Jakac Art Museum.

1988

Tadakazu Maeda
The Spirit of the South

Japan

Born in 1954, Kumamoto. In 1978 graduated from Sculpture at the Tama Art University in Tokyo. In 1979 - 84 he worked as assistant Professor at Tama Art University. Since 1988 a member ofNIKA KAI Association of Artists.

Dinu Câmpeanu
Chains

Romania

Born in1946 in Bucurest (Romania). In 1973 graduated at the Academy of Arts in Bucurest. Member of fine artist Association Romania. His work is exhibited in numerous collections in Romania, Argentina, Belgium, France and Germany.

Frederick Bushe
Lunar Flowers

Scotland

Born in 1931 in Coatbridge (Scotland). Studied Fine Arts at the Birningham University. In 1962 - 79 lectured Sculpture at the Liverpool and Aberdeen Universities. In1979 he established Scottish Sculpture Workshop. His sculpture, made at Forma Viva symposium, is erected in front of Belinka enterprise in Črnuče, Ljubljana. Died May 18th, 2009.

Peruško Bogdanić
Venice

Croatia

Born in 1949 in Stari Grad on the island Hvar. In 1976, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb in the class of Prof. V. Rukljaća. Since 1995 he is a lecturer of Sculpture at The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. In 1969 – 2000 he had been the president of HDLU.

Ulrike Birkhoff
Tuning fork

Germany

Born in 1947 in Büdingen (Germany). Studied Sculpture at College of Arts in Berlin. After graduation turned her interest to music and studied classic Indian percussion in Kalkutta. In1983 - 84 she lectured at the Institute for Design in Berlin. She is engaged in sculpture and drawing and is author of many public sculptors. Lives in Marrakesh and Berlin.

1986

Molly Mason
Caryatids I. and II.

USA

Born in 1952, Iowa. Graduated from Sculpture at Iowa Art School and University. Works as a guest lecturer at a number of Universities throughout USA. Her work had been presented at over twenty solo and over ninety Group Exhibitions. Public and private collections worldwide hold over hundred of her sculptures.

Ivan Lesiak
Hommage to the Grandfather

Croatia

Born in 1929, Luka Vrbovečka (Croatian Zagorje). Graduated in 1960 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof. Fran Kršinić. In 1970 – 78 he was a member of »Biafra« group. Engaged with paintings, sculpting and printmaking. Died in 2008.

Alberto Carneiro
The Tree, the Flower and the Fruit

Portugal

Born in 1937, Coronado (Portugal). Graduated at Faculty of Art at Porto. He completed his postgraduate studies at St. Martin’s School of Art in London. In 1972 – 76 lectured Sculpture at the School of Fine Arts in Porto and in 1972 – 85 at Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra. He represented Portugal at Paris Biennial (1969), Venice Biennial (1976) and Sao Paolo Biennial (1977).

Jorge Du Bon
Untitled

France / Mexico

Born in 1938 in Mexico City to French parents. Studied architecture at Universidad Nacional Autonoma in Mexico, at the Institute for Urbanistic in Paris and completed his postgraduate studies at Harvard University. Worked as architect, sculpture and designer in Paris. In the nineties he returns to Mexico. He is the author of a number of monumental sculptures in Europe, Central America and USA. For three times he won a scholarship of Guggenheim foundation and, in 1974, participated at documenta in Kassel. Died in 2004.

1984

Boris Zaplatil
Cemetery of the Sailors

Slovenia

Born in 1957 in Ljubljana. In 1982 he graduated at the at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In 1984 he completed his postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. Gustav Gnamuš. He received a number of awards (Prešeren Faculty / Academy Award, Golden Bird Award 1986). He works as a painter and a sculptor.

Heiner Richner
Tree circle for Brigit

Switzerland

Born in 1944 in Aarau. He attended Academy of Fine Art Zurich and Hochschule für bildende Künste Berlin. He made numerous public sculptures in Switzerland, Austria and in Japan.

Shigehito Matsuda
Japanese Festival

Japan

Born in 1959 in Yamagata (Japan). Graduated from Sculpture at Tama Art University in Tokyo, and specialized in wood sculpture from 1978 to 82. He had numerous solo exhibitions. Recently he engages in smaller, environmentally oriented sculpture. He works as associate Professor at Tama Art University. He is a member of NIKA KAI Artist Association.

Boško Kućanski
Road to Clockricke

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Born in1931 in Krbavica, Lika (Croatia). Graduated at the Faculty of Stomatology in Belgrade (1958) and Faculty of Medicine in Sarajevo (1972). Studied Art History in Belgrade. During his studies, he made numerous study-related journeys to Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Canada … He worked as a Professor at Faculty of Stomatology and at Fine Arts faculty in Sarajevo. He is a member of the International sculpting association of UNESCO. Since 1978, he is e member of Academy of Arts and Sciences BIH.

1982

Franz Weickmann
Epitaph for Scarabaeus

Germany

Born in 1939 in Tagernsee, Bavaria. In 1963 – 67 attended Art Academy in Münich. In 1981 – 82 received a scholarship for visiting Paris. Exhibited in Stockholm, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Colone, Hamburg und Munich. His main motif are animals in wood and bronze.

Carlos Medina
Apotheosis for Bolivar

Venezuela

Carlos Medina born in 1953 in v Barguisimentu (Venezuela). Graduated from sculpture in 1975 at Escuela de Artes Plasticas in Caracas. In 1976 worked at Barcelona Art Academy, then in Carrara in 1978. participated at many sculpture symposia – in Belgium, Austria, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Finland, South Corea.

Dora Kovačević
The Wall

Croatia

Born in1951 in Dubrovnik. In 1952 her family moves to Zagreb. In 1974 graduated from the Print at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Albert Kinert. She received a scholarship of the French Government to attend ’Ecole Superieure des Arts Decoratifs’ in Paris, where she graduated from sculpture. Since 1997 she works as Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb.

Etsuo Hori
Footsteps of Slovene or Japanese girl

Japan

Born in 1949. Graduated at the Art Department of Metropolitan Musashinokita High School, Tokyo, in 1974, where he later worked as an assistant Professor. Participated at the exhibitions of contemporary Japanese sculpture at home and abroad.

Avtarjeet S. Dhanjal
Resting Place

India

Born in 1939 in Dalla (India). Studied sculpture at the Government College of Arts in Chandigarh, India. In 1970 – 74 worked as a Professor at Department of Visual Arts at Kenyatta University College in Nairobi (Kenya). In 1974 moves to England and enrols into the postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. William Tucker atSt. Martin’s School of Art in London. Author of a number of public sculptures in India, Great Britain, Brasil and USA. Lives in Telford, Shropshire, UK.

Karl J. Ciesluk
Organic technology

Canada

Born in 1952, Ottawa (Canada). Studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Agean School of Fine Arts in Greek Paros and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Stuttgart. He is also active in Landscape architecture He is author of a number of public sculptures in Colorado, Ottawa, Dallas, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Allaska, Berlin and Ontario.

1980

Yutaka Toriyama
Smoke signal

Japan

Born in 1950 in Tokyo. Studied sculpture 1970-72 at the Art Institute »Bi-gakko« near Tokyo, where he also worked as assistant Professor. Member of the NIKA KAI Art Society.

Margarita Poueva
Child games

Bulgaria

Born in1950 in Pernik (Bulgaria). Graduated from Sculpture at the »Cyril and Method« University in Veliki Turnov. Had many solo and Group Exhibitions in Bulgaria. Her work is exhibited in Bulgaria National Gallery collection, Sofia.

Michael Pennie
Early morning pipe

Great Britain

Born in1936. Studied at the Royal College of Art and Sunderland College of Art. Has been exhibited in many significant Art institutions (Art Council, Victoria and Albert Museum …). Had numerous solo exhibitions and retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London. Recent decades had been dedicated to the promotion of West African art, mostly Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. He works as a Professor at Bath Spa University College.

Negovan Nemec
Proboj

Slovenia

Born in 1947 in Bilje near Nova Gorica. Graduated at the Academy o Fine Arts, Ljubljana,  in the class of Prof. Slavko Tihec. Since 1971 he made numerous public sculptures. Engaged with graphic and industrial design. Died on August 26th 1987 in Ljubljana. In 1991, comprehensive monograph of his work had been published.  His birth-place houses permanent exhibition of his works.

Doru Covrig
Chairs

Romania

Born in 1942 in Timis (Romania). Studied at the Pedagogical Institute of Fine Arts and at the Institute of Fine Arts »Nicolae Grigorescu« in Bucharest. He lived in France, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, for more than twenty years, but after the fall of regime in 1990, he returned to his homeland. In 95’ he represented Romania at 46th Venice Biennial.

1978

Rolf Westphal
Abalusa Horse

USA

Born in 1947. Studies at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. As a guest lecturer he works for many colleges. Has been exhibited in USA, Germany, Finland, Austria ...

Ratko Petrić
White Cloud

Croatia

Born in1941 in Zadar. In 1966 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. Among founders of the Salon of Young Artists (1968) and Biafra Atelier. In 2006 he retires as Prof. of the Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb which, in 2007, publishes comprehensive monograph about his work. Many of his works are preserved in Murska Sobota Gallery.

Jon Oxman
Babylonian tower

USA

Born in1955 in Denver (USA). Graduated from Sculpture and Drawing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Also studied ceramic art at California College of Arts and Crafts.

Masamitsu Komuro
Double composition

Japan

Born in 1951 in Tokyo. Graduated in1975 at Art Academy in Musashino where he also completed postgraduate studies in 1977.

Villi Bossi
Portal of Friendship

Italy

Born in 1939 in Milje near Trieste. Studies Sculpture and Drawing at the Accademia Ligustica in Genova. In 1995 he created monumental sculpture which is now erected in front of Generali Insurance Company in Padova. From 1964 to 2008 presented his work at many solo and Group Exhibitions in Austria, Slovenia and Italy.

1976

Antonina Wysocka – Jonczak
Sphere

Poland

Born in Vilna (Lithuania). Graduated Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the class of Prof. Marianu Wnuku. She is involved in sculpture, medals design and painting. She participated at a number of symposia at home and abroad.

Krekel Van Spronsen Duller
Untitled

Netherlands

Born in 1948 in Haarlem (Netherlands). In 64-65 studied ceramic in Haarlem, then sculpture at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Hague in the class of Prof. J.J.Beljon. Gradated with special recognitions. In 1971 he received the “Esso” award.

Erik Van Spronsen
Untitled

Netherlands

Born in 1948, Hague. In 1972 gradated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Hague in the class of Prof. J.J.Beljon. Mostly creates in iron. His constant source of inspiration are geometric qualities and cube mechanism. He is a member of the Dutch group of artists Vishal and Dutch Association of sculptors.

Brad J. Goldberg
Untitled

USA

Born in 1954 in Rhode Island (USA). In 1974 - 78 studies Sculpture and landscape design in Rhode Island. For a longer period lived in the French town of Lacuste. Works as a landscape designer. As a guest lecturer he worked in Rhode Island, Texas University and Mie National University in Japan. He received a number of awards from the field of Landscape design.

Hidemasa Fujimaki
Samurai's hat

Japan

Born in 1937 in Niigata (Japan). In 1960 graduated from Sculpture at Tama University of Arts, Tokyo. A member of NIKA KAI Artist Association. In recent years, participated in sculpture projects of Mori Art Museum which capture strong ecological message.

Tone Demšar
Untitled

Slovenia

Born in 1946 in Ljubljana. In 1971, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts,, Ljubljana. Completed his postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. S. Tihec and Prof. D. Tršar. Worked as a Professor of Sculpture at the Pedagogical Faculty, Ljubljana. A member of the JUNIJ Art group, the most important Slovene avant-guarde group of the late sixties. In 1979 he received Prešeren Foundation award. Died in 1997.

1974

Janez Zorko
Untitled

Slovenia

Born in 1937 in Podgorje nad Sevnico, Slovenia. He has been working for a period as a self-taught painter, during 1975 he attended the drawing school at Prof. J. Pleško. He participated in the group Klas. In 1964 he went to France to attend the sculpturing school of Prof. Villon and Moirignot. He lives in Paris and makes figural and abstract sculptures in marble, metal and wood.

Ian Walters
The Wheel – Antifasistic sculpture

Great Britain

Born in1930 in Solihull (England). Studied at Birmingham School of Art. Lectured at Stourbridge College of Art and, 1957 to 1981, at Guildford School of Art. His art is permeated with socialist ideas. He made numerous public sculptures; Memorial of International Brigade in Jubilee Gardens South Bank and Nelson Mandela sculpture in Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. His late public sculpture is Stephen Hawking statue at the Centre for Cosmological Theory in Cambridge. Died on August 6th, 2006.

Kôichirô Shimada
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1944 in Tokyo. In 1970 graduated at the Tama Art University, Tokyo. Since 1965 he is a member of the art association NIKA KAI. He had numerous solo and Group Exhibition.

Bata Marianov
Time machine

Romania

Bron in 1943 in Temišvar. In 1970 graduated from Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Romania. He is a sculptor and a painter. Since 1985 he lives in Frankfurt (Germany). His works are axhibited in numerous collections (Romania, Germany, Poland, Serbia, France, Spain, Italy, Canada, USA ...)

Karl Kessler
Untitled

Austria

Born 1940 in Riezlern (Austria). Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. His art is concerned with environmental problems of the interventions of civilizations, mirrored in the nature designing.

1972

Dušan Tršar
Untitled

Slovenia

Born in 1937 in Planina near Rakek. In 1963, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Zdenko Kalin and Frančišek Smerdu. In 1966 completed his postgraduate studies of Sculpture in the class of Prof. Boris Kalin. In 1979 became a lecturer of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Ljubljana and, in 1991, the senior Professor. He received the Prešeren Fund award in 1978.

Ryoichi Tamura
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1946, Tochiga, (Japan). Graduated from Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. In 1993, he completed postgraduate studies and earn PhD from Industrial Design at Kyushu University in 2003

Miroslav Šutej
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1936 in Duga Resa. In 1961 graduated from the Graphic Print at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, in the class of Prof. M. Detoni. Since1978 he lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. He was a HAZU member. He engaged in scenography, interior design and graphic design
(he designed Croatian coat of arms and Kuna bank notes). His works can be viewed at the London Tate Gallery and New York’s MoMa collections. Died 2005.

Tone Lapajne
Untitled

Slovenia

Born in 1933 in Ljubljana. In 1961 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, in the class of Prof. Karel Putrih.  In 1965 he completed his postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. Boris Kalin. In 1967 he participated in Forma Viva Symposium in Maribor. During the last few decades he focused his attention to painting and made a seria of paintings entitled Soil – as painting medium he used soil from Barje swamp. He died on May 12th, 2011, in Ljubljana.
In 1977 he received award of the Prešeren Fund.

Louis Mwaniki
Untitled

Kenya

Born in 1934 in Nyeri, (Kenya). He studied in Kenya and Uganda, in Italy and Canada. He is a senior Professor of Art at the Nairobi University. He has received several awards.

Kosuke Kimura
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1936 in Osaka (Japan). In 1959 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kyoto. In 1971 he has won Grand Prix at the 9th International Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana. He lectures Aesthetic and Art History at the Faculty of Cultural Studies, University of Kyoto.

Bertha J. (Berry) Holslag
Untitled

Netherlands

Born in 1947 in Hague. In 1967 graduated at the Vrjie Academy – the Centre for Visual Communications in Hague. She is engaged with sculpting and illustrating. She is the author of numerous ceramic monumental public sculptures.

Roderick Hanlan
Untitled

Great Britain

Born in 1928 in Rhondda Valley (South Wales). He first studied architecture, but graduated at the Fine Art academy at Newport in 1953. In 1954-55 studied at the Fine Art Academy at Birmingham. Received a number of important awards.

1970

Taizô Murakami
Slovene Sun

Japan

Born in 1938 in Hyogo (Japan). In 1962 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kyoto. Since 1963 he is a member of Kohdo Bijutsu Kyokai Artist Association. Untill 2005 worked as a Professor of Sculpture at Kyoto Seika University.

Shigeo Miura
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1936 in Tokio. In1964 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts Akademiji Musashino,  Tokyo. He represents one of the most important private galleries from Osaka, Yamaki Art Gallery.

Anna Maria Kupper
Untitled

Switzerland

Born in 1947 in Rothenburg (Switzerland). Attended technical school at Lucerne and Zurich. In 1969 she got a scholarship for a nine-month study at the Freie Academy, Hague. After Kostanjevica FV Symposium she had also been invited to Symposium in St Margarethen (Austrija). Lives and works in Lucern.

Djordje Kreća
Untitled

Bosnia and Herzegovina/Croatia

Born in 1934, Budimilić, Japra near Sanski Most (BIH). In 1964 he enrolled at Pedagogical Academy and started painting and sculpting. Representative of naive art sculpting. Exhibited in Europe and USA. Lives in Zagreb and Budimilić Japri.

Tone Kralj
Three Epochs of Life

Slovenia

Born in 1900 in Zagorica near Dobrepolje. In 1920/23 studied in Prague and subsequently in Vienna, Paris and Venice. Studied architecture in Rome. Božidar Jakac Art Museum houses permanent collection of his work. At Forma Viva Symposium he created sculpture Three Epochs, based on his own sketch from 1921. Died in 1975, buried at Kostanjevica na Krki’s cemetery.

Franz Bucher
Untitled

Germany

Born in 1928 in St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 1945 moves to Germany. In 1951-52 he attends Bernsteinschule. Mostly makes sculptures and reliefs from wood. Since 1957 he participated at the number of solo and Group Exhibitions. Died 1995 in Rottweil (Baden-Württemberg).

1968

Laurence Whitfield
Sen

Great Britain

Born in 1938 in Manchester. In 1959 attended the Manchester Scool of Arts and later (1960) The Slade Academy of Arts in London. He tought at many academies, i.e. The Bath Academy of Art, Corsham and Newport College of Art, The University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA, L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Le Mans and The Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Gujarat, India. In 2005 he moves to Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Bogosav Živković
The Sun and The Snake

Serbia

Born in 1920 in Leskovac near Lazarevac (Serbia). Self-taught sculptor and painter. Museum of naive art in Jagodina (Serbia) stores large collection of his work. His main motif were fantastic-totem sculptures. Died October 27th, 2005.

Mitsuyuki Takeda
Dragon dance

Japan

Born in 1943, Toyama (Japan). Graduated at the Tama College of Fine Arts, where he also finished his postgraduate studies in1968 and is now employed as a Professor. He received a number of awards.

Peter Jovanovič
'Krjavelj', Mother with a child, Family

Slovenia

Born in 1938 in Dolenja Žetina pod Blegošem. He is a self-taught sculptor and, as such, he belongs to the peak of Slovene Naive Art production. He engages in drawing and wooden sculpture. He participated at a number of solo exhibitions.

Alexander Ilečko
Figure I. and II.

Slovakia

Born in1937 in Bratislava. In 1961 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. Studied painting and sculpture. In 1967 received Herder award for one year of studies in Vienna. Works with wood and clay. He is also engaged as a print-maker.

Eugen Ciuca
Caryatid

Romania

Born in 1913 in Miluan (Romania). Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Bucharest. Lived in Italy
and USA where he worked as Art Professor at Dowling College-Oakdales in New York. Engaged in theory as the author of the book ‘4th dimension of the Art’. His work is exhibited in a number of museums worldwide, as well as in the White House in Washington. Died 2005 in New York.

1966

Peter Startup
Untitled

Great Britain

Born in 1921 in London. He studied painting at The Slade School of Art and sculpture under the mentorship of Oscar Jespers in Brussels. He worked as a Head of Sculpture department at Wimbledon Academy of Fine Arts. Participated in a number of Group Exhibitions (i.e. ‘British sculpture in the sixties’, Tate Gallery, 1965). Died 1976.

Hisayuki Mogami
Laughter

Japan

Born in 1936 inYokosuka (Japan). Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1960. After Forma Viva Symposium in Kostanjevica he participated at the exhibition entitled ‘Contemporary japanese painting and sculpture’ in MoMA, New York. His work has been presented in a number of solo exhibitions worldwide.

Aldo Dezza
Nude

Italy

Born in 1937 in Torino. First he studied ceramic, then painting in the class of Prof. Mastroianni. Works in painting, sculpture, print and ceramic. Received a number of awards, in Italy as well as internationally.

Dragica Čadež
T – element

Slovenia

Born in 1940 in Ljubljana. In 1963 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana where she also completed her postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. Boris Kalin. 1988 – 2004 she worked as a Professor of Sculpture at Pedagogical Faculty. In 1986 she received Prešeren Fund Award. In 1996 retrospective exbition of her work was shown at the Former Monastery Church of Božidar Jakac Art Museum which holds many pieces of her work.

1965

Vjenceslav Richter
Cesta umetnosti

Croatia

Born in 1917 in Sv. Ivan Zelina (Croatia). In 1949, graduated at the Technical Faculty in Zagreb.  He is one of the most prominent architects of 20th century in Croatia. Also engaged with sculpture, painting, print and scenography. He received golden medal at Milano Triennale, Biennial award at Sao Paolo, Herder award, Medal of Republic of Croatia etc. Died in Zagreb on December 2nd 2002.

Ryuzô Kawai
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1935 in Osaka. In 1961, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. Mostly creates in wood and stone. Worked as a Professor at Osaka Art Academy. He received a number of awards (NIKA-KAI, Rokko Island Award, United Nations Award ... )

Pierre Heyvaert
Untitled

Canada

Born in1934 in Lebbeke (Belgium). Attended Academy of Fine Arts in Ixelles, (Belgium). Moved to Canada in 1957. His works are held in public collections of Museum of Modern Art in Montreal and National Gallery Ottawa. Died February 4th,1974 in Montreal, (Canada).

Jerzy Beres
Untitled

Poland

Born in 1930 in Nowy Sacz. Sculptor and performer, one of the most unconventional Polish artists. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, graduated in the class of Prof. Ksawery Dunikowski. Participated on numerous exhibitions and Symposiums in Poland and elsewhere in Europe. His works are held in collections of Krakow National Museum, Art Museum in Bochum and Kampa Museum, Prague. Died December 25, 2012 in Krakov.

1964

Gabriela Simossi
Caryatid

Greece

Born in 1926, Pygros. In 1950, graduated at the Art academy in Athens. In 1954 - 57 improved her knowledge in the studio of O. Zadkin in Paris. In 1999 big retrospective of her work had been presented in Paris.

Bernard Segal
Torso

USA

Born in1919, Pennsylvania. Studied Art and Craft in Philadelphia and New Yorku. Exhibited in the USA, Israel, France, UK, Japan, and won awards in New Mexico, UK and Israel.

Vladimir Preclik
Orchestrion

Czech Republic

Born in 1929, Hradec Kralove. Graduate of the Art academy in Prague. Sculptor writer, member of the Czech Republic Pen Club. Significant figure of the Czech Art scene. Participated at the World 100 exhibition and at Expo 67 in Montreal. His work is held at a large number of museum collections in the USA, Switzerland and Japan. Died in Prague on April 3rd, 2008.

Ko Murai
Man and atomic power

Japan

Born in 1936, Kyoto (Japan). In1959, graduated at Art School in the class of Prof. Shimzo. Exhibited at home and abroad.

Ksenija Kantoci
Two sitting female

Croatia

Born in 1909, Trebinje. In 1937, graduated at the academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Had been married to a painter Fran Šimunović. Zagreb Modern Gallery holds her donation of 90 sculptures. Died on September 6th, 1995, in Zagreb.

Othmar Jaindl
Vertical

Austria

Born in 1911 in St. Veit (Austria). Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Mostly worked in wood.  Represented in the collection of Koroška Art Gallery in Slovenj Gradec. Died 1982.

1963

Šime Vulas
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1932 in Drvenik Veli. In 1958 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Vanja Radauš. Since 1987 he works as a Professor at the Fine Art academy in Zagreb. His work has been exhibited at more than 350 group and 20 solo exhibitions. Received numerous awards. Since 1991. he is a member of HAZU. His sculpture Cross with a Dove has been given to Pope Giovanni Paolo II by Republic of Croatia in 2002.

Minoru Togashi
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1931 in Yamagata. Studied traditional technique of Buddhist sculpture, in 1957 graduated at the College of Fine Arts in Kyoto. Honourable Professor at Seianzokei University. Member of the association of Japanese artists. Author of a number of public sculptures in Japan.

Jeanne Spiteris – Veropoulou
Untitled

Greece

Born in 1922 in Smirna (Turkey). In 1951 graduated at Athens School of Fine Arts - ASFA. 1958-1963 lived in Venice, 1963-1975 in Paris and later in Athens. Received a number of awards for her sculptures (Padua, Carrara, Sao Paolo ... ). Her work is held in many Museum collections (Athens, Montreal, Sao Paolo, Belgrade, Skopje ... ). Author of many public sculptures in Greece and France.  Died in 2000.

Jan Snoeck
Pleasure of working

Netherlands

Born in 1927 in Rotterdam. In 1949 graduated at the Royal academy of Fine Art in Haag. In 1954 further qualified at Zadkin’s studio in Paris. During the sixties strongly engaged with ceramic. Lives and works in Netherlands and France.

Aart Rietbroek
Untitled

Netherlands

Born in 1929, Haag. Studied at the Royal academy of Fine Art in Haag. Later lectured at Rietveldakademie in Amsterdam. Author of a number of public sculptures in Amsterdam. His main motif was abstract figure. Died in 1985.

Yoshikuni Iida
Untitled

Japan

Born in 1923 in Ashikaga, Japan. In 1949 graduated at Keio University (aesthetic and art history), in 1952 graduated at the Tokyo University of Art. In 1956-66 studied in Rome and Vienna.  Had a number of exhibitions worldwide (London, Berlin, Kyoto), received a number of awards. His work is described in many monographs. Died in 2006.

Milena Lah
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1920 in Sv. Križ near Ajdovščina. In 1949, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagrebu. 1949/50 worked under mentorship of Vanja Radauš. Her work was exhibited at more than 30 solo exhibitions and more than 250 Group Exhibitions. Participant of a number of sculpture symposiums. She was a co-founder of Labin Symposium (1970) and Lokve Symposium (1980). Died in 2003.

Shoshana Heimann
Father and Son

Israel

Born in 1923 in Schwäbisch-Hall, Germany. Since 1933 lived in Israel. Studied in Israel and Accademia di Bel Arte in Florence and Ecole de Beaux Art in Paris. Worked in painting, sculpture, print, book illustration, prose and poetry. Received a number of award (UNESCO). Died in 2009, a month prior to grand retrospective exhibition in Israel.

Bernard Ball
Untitled

Great Britain

Born in 1921, Brisbane, Australia. Moved to England, where he attends Art Studies in 1938. Mostly created in wood and stone. Exhibited in London (National Society) and France.

Kosta Angeli Radovani
Woman bather

Croatia

Born in 1916 in London. In 1938, graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts ‘Brera’ in Milan in the class of Prof. Francesco Messina. Completed his postgraduate studies from Sculpture and Print in the class of Prof. Kršinić and Prof. Krizman. In 1962 studies in USA with Ford scholarship. In 1977 - 87 works as profesor at the Fine Arts Faculy in Sarajevo. Founding member of ULUH Association, a member of IO AIAP-a, founding member of Forum Gallery, since 1992 a member of HAZU. Died in Zagreb, February 27th, 2002.

1962

Miroslav Urošević
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1936 in Dapsin near Osijek. Studied at the Art and Craft School in Split where he graduated in 1958.

Vittorio Tavernari
Torso

Italy

Born in 1919 in Milano. In 1935 - 1939 he studied in the class of Prof. Francesc Wildt. His sculptures are held at many important museums in Italy (Milano, Bologna, Rome, Palermo, Vatican) and abroad (San Paolo, New York, Bellinzona). Died in 1987 in Varese.

Vojin Stojić
Longing

Serbia

Born in 1921 in Vranje. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade where he later worked as a Professor and, during 1983 – 85, a Chancellor. He is the author of numerous public monuments. Translated expert literature from the field of visual arts. Died in 2001 in Belgrade.

Petar Smajić
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1910, Dolnji Dolac near Split. Self-taught sculptor since1933. Later becomes renown author of Croatian Naive Sculpting.  Before II. World War exhibited with the group ‘Zemlja’. Amongst founders of naive Sculpture Symposium in Ernestinovo. Died in 1985.

Koichiro Shirota
Tree of Life

Japan

Born in 1928, Nagano. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo in 1955, where he later worked as assistant Professor.

Hava Mehutan
Untitled

Israel

Born in 1925, Philadelphia. Graduated at Pennsylvania Art academy. Later moves to Israel. During the seventies works as a lecturer at the Visual Art Faculty in Beersheba. She received a number of awards and exhibited in many countries, i.e. at the Modern Art Museum in Sao Paulu and Brooklyn Museum.

Stane Jarm
Mourning Mothers

Slovenia

Born in 1931, Osilnica. In 1954, graduated Sculpture at the academy of Fine Arts.  In 1956, finished postgraduate studies in the class of Prof. Zdenko and Boris Kalin. He is the author of 16 public monuments in Slovenia. His birth house holds about 100 of his works. In 1964, he received the award of Prešeren Foundation and in 1988 Šešek’s award for life achievements. He was a honoured resident of Kočevje (2000) and Ribnica (2007) municipalities. Died in 2011.

Lloyd Glasson
Torso

USA

Born in 1931 in Chicago. In 1957 graduated at School of the Art Institute in Chicago and, in1959, at Tulane University. Eorked as a Prof. of Hartfordu University and a member of American National Sculpture Association and National Academy. Author of a number of monumental public sculptures, mostly in Connecticut.

Eberhard Fiebig
Niebelung's Portal

Germany

Born in 1930 in Bad Harzburgu. In 1960 he abandoned chemistry and worked as a free-lance sculptor. In 1963 studied Philosophy in Frankfurt. Since 1970 worked as a journalist and photographer. In 1974 -1995 worked as Professor of Sculpture at Kassel University.

Dušan Džamonja
Untitled

Croatia

Born in 1928 in Strumica, Macedonia. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of Prof. Raduša, Kršinić and Avgustinčić. Lived and worked in Brussels, Vrsar and Zagreb. At XXX. Venice Biennial, in 1960, nominated for Grand Prix award. Author of a number of public sculptures.  Since 2004 a member of HAZU (Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences). Died on January 14th, 2009, in Zagreb.

Pedro Baretto
Untitled

Venezuela

Born in1935 in Tucupita, Venezuela. Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Caracasu, later improved his knowledge in Rome and Paris. Worked as a Professor of sculpture at the “Armando Reveron” School of Fine Art in Barcelona on the east coast of Venezuela.

1961

Jean Marie Touret
Untitled

France

Born in 1916 in French city Lassay les Châteaux (Mayenne). In 1933-1937 studied in Manse. Participated in numerous exhibitions. Created many religious figures in wood, mostly for chapels and churches in France. Accompanied by his son Sebastian Touret, also a sculptor, he created wood interventions in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in 1989. Died on January 4th, 2004.

Eisaku Tanaka
Japanese festival

Japan

Born in 1933 In Japan. In 1958, Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo.

Robert Roussil
Untitled

Canada

Born in 1925 in Montrealu, Canada. Graduated in Montreal.  During the years 1958 and1978 lived in Provanse village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. He is the author of a number of public sculptures. He also exhibited in Picasso Museum in Antibes. 

Silvio Mattioli
Apocaliptic Bird

Switzerland

Born in 1929 in Wintherthur, Switzerland. Studied Sculpture at the Craft School in Zurich. Since 1952 he participated at many exhibitions throughout Europe. He is the author of a number of public sculptures in Zurich. He received a Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Foundation Award.

Petar Hadži Boškov
Morning, Day, Evening and Night

Makedonija

Born in Skopje, Macedonia, 1928. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1953. His work had been presented at many exhibitions worldwide. He is author of numerous public sculptures. Besides other media, he was active in the field of graphic. The collection of Skopje Art Museum stores 43 of his works.

Kosso Eloul
Starik

Izrael

Born in a Soviet town of Mourom, 1920. Eloul’s art training started in Tel Aviv in 1938 and continued in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Frank Lloyd Wright, and at the Chicago School of Design with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. In 1959 he represented Israel at the 29th Venice Biennale. He settled permanently in Toronto, Canada, in 1969, where he dies in 1995. Eloul’s characteristic monumental sculptures grace the public spaces of many Canadian cities.

Peter Černe
Untitled

Slovenija

Born in Ljubljana, 1931. Graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in the class of Prof. Zdenko and Boris Kalin in 1955. He continued his studies in the class of Prof. Boris Kalin, completing with a master degree in 1957. In 1969, he received Prešeren Foundation Award. He works in wood, metal, bronze and clay.

Sankho Chaudhuri
Untitled

India

Born in India, 1916. Studied at the Santiniketan Academy and Calcuta University. Became the dean of the Sculpture department at Boroda University. In 1956, elected as the member of National Academy of Arts. Worked as Professor at Tanzania University in the eighties. Died August 28th, 2006.

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