Jana Vizjak

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Jana Vizjak
Jana Vizjak.jpg
Born (1956-06-30) June 30, 1956 (age 66)
Ljubljana, Slovenia
NationalitySlovene
EducationPainting
Alma materAcademy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana
Occupation
  • Painter
  • Graphic artist

Jana Vizjak (born 30 June 1956 in Ljubljana) is a Slovene painter and graphic artist.

Life and work

Jana Vizjak studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana and completed her postgraduate studies in painting in 1982 under Prof Janez Bernik[1]. From 1991 to 1996 she was a student and guest lecturer at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts under Prof Gotthard Graubner. She had solo exhibitions in Slovenia, London, Carinthia, Berlin and Düsseldorf, and participated in important international group exhibitions.

In the 1980s, Jana Vizjak established herself as a painter with large format canvases covered with spirited applications of paint and other visual art techniques. The main motifs, painted with dynamic brush strokes or drawn quickly and directly as monumental compositions, were expressive shapes of the human figure as well as symbolic and associative shapes. The painter, however, immersed herself in exploring the expressive scope of abstract visual art[2]. In the her painting we can recognize a lucky blend of two concepts, distant in time and place: on the one hand, the muralism of medieval fresco painters, fettered by a prescribed iconography, yet disposing of a practically unlimited space; on the other hand, the freedom of action painting. From both she takes what suits her vision: the broad and free strokes, the full resonance of colouring. She adds some elements of her own: modern combinations of materials, and the innovative technique of assemblage; penetrant colours, and the independent value of the drawing, which is not just a groundwork, but a carrier of mood in its own right, on a par with the energy of colour[3].

Vizjak began her studies at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts under Professor Gotthard Graubner, which saw a complete turnabout in her artistic expression. She no longer used gestural painting and gestural drawing, and the colours she used shed their blandness and materiality. The emphatic materiality was replaced by non-materially perceived colours[4]. At first glance, it seemed that with the new, relaxed colours, a period of composure and sensibility had arrived in her content and formulation, even though Vizjak entered the world of demanding colourist painting. The main shape-forming factors in Vizjak’s paintings were now colour, light, shape, space, and brush strokes, the two most important ones being colour and light. Usually in painting, the shape is emphasised by colour, and colour is emphasised by light; but Vizjak’s paintings show a close connection – a harmony – between both image-forming factors. Unlike the abstract Gotthard Graubner, Vizjak combined her newly-acquired painting techniques with objects as the main motifs. The themes that Vizjak has been using since the beginning of her painting career further solidify this: the human form[5], still life and landscape[6] [7]. Vizjak paints with vibrant, light colours that bring joviality[8]. The colour is modified by the sunlight pouring down on Vizjak’s painted images.

Awards and honours

1980 Študentska Prešernova nagrada

1982 I.Diploma Ex-tempore Piran

1983 Odkupna nagrada Ex-tempore Piran

1984 III.Nagrada Ex-Tempore Piran

1985 Priznanje Sedem sekretarjev SKOJ-a

1986 Prešernova nagrada mesta Celje

1989 Mention de jury, 21e Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes-sur-Mer

1990 Grand Prix Alpe - Adria, Mednarodni grafični likovni center, Ljubljana

1991 Odkupna nagrada Zveze društev slovenskih likovnih umetnikov - slovenska grafika

1991-1993 Štipendistka DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

2003 5°Premio Pittura »Lorenzo de Medici«, Biennale Internationale Dell´Arte Contemporanea, Firenze

2005 Priznanje pomembnih umetniških del, Akademija za likovno umetnost v Ljubljani, Univerza v Ljubljani

2006 Dodelitev naziva Docent za slikarstvo, Univerza v Ljubljani

2008 Častna nagrada Majski salon ZDSLU

2015 Nominacija za nagrado Prešernovega sklada za ciklus samostojnih razstav

2018 Častna članica Slovensko-nemškega društva štipendistov (Alexander von Humbodt in DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

Selected articles and reviews

Meta Gabršek Prosenc: Razstava (in katalog) Jane Vizjak na začetku jesenske likovne sezone v Mariboru. Naši razgledi, No.21, 10 November 1989.

Aleksander Bassin: Novi akvarel: Jana Vizjak: Galerija Kompas Ljubljana. Razgledi, No 24, 20 December 1995.

Marijan Zlobec: Pogovor z akademsko slikarko Jano Vizjak. Moje slike nagovorijo gledalca v imenu sublimnega. Revija Logos, 15 January 2003.

Milček Komelj: Slike Jane Vizjak. Nova revija, No 361/262, 2004.

Milček Komelj: V svetlobi granatnih jabolk: Jana Vizjak. Ampak, No 12 December 2004.

Alenka Zgonik: Pogovor z Jano Vizjak. Človek tišine sem, tišina je nekaj lepega. Nedelo, 8 May 2005.

Alenka Zgonik: Barva je veliko več kot snov, ki jo iztisneš iz tube. Jana Vizjak, slikarka. Delo, 2 February 2008.

Milček Komelj: Risbe Jane Vizjak. Nova revija, No 327/329, 2009.

Books

Jana Vizjak, Zoran Kržišnik: Jana Vizjak. Ljubljana: samozaložba,1989.

Jana Vizjak: Slike / Bilder. Celje: Zavod za kulturne prireditve, Galerija sodobne umetnosti, 2001.

Jana Vizjak: Pot srca. Celovec: Mohorjeva, 2008.

Jana Vizjak: Herzensweg. Celovec: Mohorjeva, 2008.

Jana Vizjak: Avtoportret: čas za slikarstvo. Kranj: Gorenjski muzej, 2012.

Jana Vizjak, Damir Globočnik, Aljaž Pogačnik: Kreposti, krogi in portreti. Jesenice: Gornjesavski muzej; Kranj: Gorenjski muzej; Radovljica: Muzeji radovljiške občine, 2018.

References

  1. Osebnosti: Veliki slovenski biografski leksikon. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 2008.
  2. Damir Globočnik: Dialog barve in svetlobe v sliki. In: Jana Vizjak, Damir Globočnik, Aljaž Pogačnik: Kreposti, krogi in portreti. Jesenice: Gornjesavski muzej; Kranj: Gorenjski muzej; Radovljica: Muzeji radovljiške občine, 2018.
  3. Zoran Kržišnik: Freedom and Captivity. In: Jana Vizjak. Ljubljana: Samozaložba,1989.
  4. Damir Globočnik. Pretanjen barvni izraz. Revija SRP, okt. 2012 (20) 92-93.
  5. Lev Menaše. Jana Vizjak: the yellow self-portret. Ljubljana Castle, Pentagonal tower, Ljubljana: Ljubljanski grad, 2015.
  6. Milček Komelj: Mistično hrepenenjska umetnost. Zvon: kulturno - družbena revija, 2012 (2) 31-32.
  7. Milček Komelj. Ciprska brezčasnost Jane Vizjak. In: Jana Vizjak: Oda ciprski krajini. Ljubljana: Galerija Zala, 2010.
  8. Damir Globočnik. Odprtje razstave Jane Vizjak. Novice IJS, Sep. 2015 (174) 22-23.

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