Andrej Jemec - Biography

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Andrej Jemec was born on November 29, 1934, in Vižmarje, Ljubljana. He studied painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (1953-58) under prof. Marij Preglj and Gabrijel Stupica, graphic art under prof. Riko Debenjak and Božidar Jakac. He graduated in 1958 under prof. Gabrijel Stupica. With the grant by Prešernov sklad (Prešeren Foundation) he continued his studies in Paris (1963-64) in J. Friedlaender’s studio and in London. After teaching at the primary school in Šentvid near Ljubljana (1958-61) he was a freelance artist from 1962 to 1973. In 1973 he achieved the rank of docentship and began to lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, from 1984 to his retirement in 1999 as regular professor of drawing and painting in undergraduate and postgraduate studies. In the period 1977-1981 he was elected Dean of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University in Ljubljana twice.
He took part on numerous individual, group and international exhibitions, among them: twice in the Biennial of Venice (1970, 1972), twice in the Biennial in Sao Paulo (1971, 1977), 1971 in Paris in the exhibition "Art on Yugoslav Territory from Prehistory until Nowadays", in all International Biennials of Graphic Art in Ljubljana from 1963 to 1999, several international graphic biennials in Frechen, several triennial recurrences in Fredrikstad, Krakow, 1991 in triennial in Osaka, etc.
He was awarded numerous prizes for his work, among them: Award in Biennial of the Young in Rijeka (1960), Grand Prix International in the 4th biennial of prints in Tokyo (1964), Medal of Honor in the 3rd international print biennial in Frechen (1974), Jakopič Prize in Ljubljana (1975), the 1st prize in the 11th international biennial of graphic art in Ljubljana (1975), Silver Award in international print triennial in Osaka (1991), Prešeren Award for life’s work in Ljubljana (1994), and Golden Plaquette of University in Ljubljana in 1998.
His works are kept in numerous permanent collections of museums and galleries as well as other public institutions in Slovenia and abroad, among them in: Congress Library in Washington, Tate Gallery in London, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, Albertina in Vienna, National Gallery in Prague, Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade, Modern Gallery in Ljubljana, etc.
In 1995 he was elected irregular and in 2001 regular member of Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts in Ljubljana. In 2005 he was awarded Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art and in 2010 Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, First Class.
He is active in painting, graphic art and drawing as well as in tapestry, sculpture, stained glass, and graphic design, takes part in dealing with questions of color harmony in architecture (i.a. in culture and congress center Cankar House in Ljubljana since 1980, in renovation of the St. John the Baptist Church in Trnovo in Ljubljana in 1999), occasionally he is also active in the field of journalism. From 1978 on he took an active part as the leader in founding department of design at Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana whose first head he was (until 1988) and in forming its study program as well as in curricular reform of art classes in Slovenian schools.
Andrej Jemec lives and works in Ljubljana and in Zabreznica in Gorenjska.

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