Bogdan Borčić

Bogdan Borčić (1926–2014) was one of the most important painters and graphic artists of the second half of the 20th century, in Slovenia and beyond. His greatness is reflected not only in the large body of artwork he created, but above all in his extraordinary consistency, his eagerness to explore and his search for the poetic in everyday things.

Bogdan Borčić entered the world of painting at Matej Sternen’s private school and at France Gorše’s drawing school (1943/44). In 1944, he was arrested by the Germans and taken to Dachau. In 1946, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana (professors: G. A. Kos, F. Mihelič, B. Jakac, R. Debenjak). He completed his postgraduate studies under the supervision of Professor Gabrijel Stupica.

He travelled abroad on study visits, including one to Johnny Friedlaender’s famous graphics studio in Paris. From 1969 to 1985 he taught painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In 1979, he was a guest lecturer at the department of graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mons (Belgium). From 1980 onwards, he lived and worked in Slovenj Gradec. He received numerous important awards, including the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement in 2005.

His works are kept by several important museums in Slovenia and abroad, including the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, which houses 330 of his works.