National artist and representative of Expressionism. He is one of the most significant personalities of Slovak art...
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(* 1919, Svederník - † 1997, Bratislava, SK) National artist, painter, graphic designer, illustrator, sculptor and pedagogue, representative of Expressionism. He is one of the most significant personalities of Slovak art, a generation of artists of the Second World War.

From 1937 to 1942 he studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague (Prof. Kysela, Novák). Since 1946 he has dedicated himself also to graphics. He painted a number of paintings, made thousands of graphics, illustrated more than 350 books. In his work he responded in particular to the events of the Second World War. From 1952 to 1972 he worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, from 1958 as a professor and from 1960 to 1964 as a rector. In 1958, he attended the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Bright Foundation Award. 

In 2009, Vincent Hložník's family donated his 799 works to Žilina's region, and in Považská Gallery they opened a permanent exhibition of his work.

 


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Hložník Vincent

Hložník Vincent

(* 1919, Svederník - † 1997, Bratislava, SK)

National artist, painter, graphic designer, illustrator, sculptor and pedagogue, representative of Expressionism. He is one of the most significant personalities of Slovak art, a generation of artists of the Second World War.

From 1937 to 1942 he studied at the School of Arts and Crafts in Prague (Prof. Kysela, Novák). Since 1946 he has dedicated himself also to graphics. He painted a number of paintings, made thousands of graphics, illustrated more than 350 books. He is also the author of postage stamps and monumental window-panes. They are located in several churches in Slovakia (Považská Bystrica, Ivanka pri Dunaji, etc.), but they are also at the Supreme Court in Bratislava. In his work he responded in particular to the events of the Second World War.

From 1952 to 1972 he worked at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava, from 1958 as a professor and from 1960 to 1964 as a rector. In 1958, he attended the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Bright Foundation Award. In 1972 he had to leave the school for political reasons.

He donated 100 images of his life-long work to the national treasure to the Slovak Republic. He wished that this unique gift was administered by Matica Slovenská. In 2009, V. Hložník's family donated his 799 works to Žilina's region, and in Považská Gallery they opened a permanent exhibition of his work.

His brother Ferdinand Hložník (* 1921, Svederník - † 2006, Bratislava) was an academic painter and daughter Zuzana Hložníková is an artist. His life and work is captured by documentary film Vincent Hložník from the Profiles series, which was created by Slovak Television in 1994.