Valentin Oman was born in 1935 in Šteben/St. Stefan near Villach, Austria. He graduated from the Marijanišče in Plešivec (Tanzenberg), and obtained his art education in Vienna (Academy of Applied Arts, specialization in painting with Prof. Hilda Schmid-Jesser) and in Ljubljana (Academy of Fine Arts, specialization in graphics with Prof. Riko Debenjak).
He has had many exhibitions independently and together with other artists in Austria, Slovenia and other European countries, as well as elsewhere in the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, in Slovenia in 1980 the Prešeren Fund Award, in 1997 the highest professional recognition of the Jakopič Award and others. In 2005, he received the high state award of the Golden Order of the Republic of Slovenia for merits in the field of art in Slovenia and the Honorary Cross for Science and Art of the First Order in Austria, awarded by the Republic of Austria. Since 1997 he has been awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of the University of Klagenfurt, and is also an associate member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
His works are included in important collections in Austria and Slovenia (Coastal Galleries Piran, Božidar Jakac Gallery in Kostanjevica na Krki, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, Gallery of Prešeren’s Laureates in Kranj, Pilon Gallery in Ajdovščina, etc.). He has realized numerous projects in the interiors and exteriors of profane and sacral spaces in Austria and in Slovenia. He lives and works in Vienna and Bekštanj/Finkenstein in Carinthia.
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