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Tisnikar Jože

The painter Jože Tisnikar (1928-1998) belongs to the circle of awakened expressionism. Jože Tisnikar was born in 1928 at Mislinja. He started to paint when working in a hospital (in a mortuary). He painted his first oil painting (Autopsy) with the motif of a prosection room ambience in 1955. His artistic credo was shaped by the environment of the Slovenj Gradec hospital and the traumatic climate of the prosection room in particular; this credo made him one of the most specific and recognisable painters in Slovenia, as well as in the international space. He died tragically in the midst of his creative drive of the 1990s, thus bringing his opus to an end. Tisnikar's work is deemed exceptional.