Karel Pečko, Slovenian artist, Died at 95


Karel Pečko was born on September 29, 1920, and died on May 2, 2016.

He was a Slovenian artist.

In 1954, Karel Pečko received his degree in fine arts by graduating under Gojmir Anton Kos from the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design.

Karel taught art in primary and secondary school in Slovenj Gradec, from 1954 to 1962.

Pecko established an arts pavilion alongside his teaching duties, in 1957

He became the school’s principal, in 1963.

The artist headed a cultural institute in Slovenj Gradec, from 1975 to 1991.

Karel Pečko also led the Slovenj Gradec Art Gallery (Slovene: Koroška Galerija Likovne Umetnosti) until 1997.

Karel Pečko designed the exhibition programme and invited fine arts critics to participate as selectors, which was unusual in Slovene galleries in the 1960s.

He wished to give Slovenj Gradec a cosmopolitan character with the help of the fine arts.

Other than painting, he also designed ceramics, stage props, mosaics, and showcases, worked in graphic design, and also taught other artists.

Karel Pečko received multiple awards for his work in the arts and for his contribution to the gallery.

Amongst his awards was the Honorary Medal of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia (Častni znak svobode Republike Slovenije, 1996), which is the highest award in Slovenia and is conferred by the president of Slovenia.

Karel Pečko exhibited his artwork in many joint and individual exhibitions in Slovenj Gradec and abroad.

Karel Pečko lived and worked in Slovenj Gradec.

Karel Pečko passed away at 95 yrs old.