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France Rotar
France Rotar was born on March 25, 1933 in Ljubljana. Between 1950 and 1954 he attended the Arts and Crafts School in Ljubljana, and then went on to study sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana under Prof. Zdenko Kalin (1954–1959). After completing his studies he worked as a freelance artist. In 1962 he was awarded a Prešeren Foundation grant and went to Verona to study at an art foundry. Winning a Moša Pijade scholarship in 1968, he traveled to Paris, and from there, again to Verona. He also spent a lot of time in the UK, Italy, and Germany.He participated in numerous group shows (over 150), also as part of the Group 69 and BE-54. In 1971 he received the Prešeren Foundation Award, in 1980 the Oton Župančič Award for achievements in the arts, and in 1988 the Rihard Jakopič Award, the highest Slovenian fine arts award. In 1967, he received a purchase award at EXPO, Montreal. His works are included in numerous public and private collections in Slovenia, Serbia, Italy, and Germany.In 1992 he was appointed associate professor, and in 1998 full professor of sculpture technology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. From 1962 he lived in Medvode. He passed away on April 22, 2001.