Sandi Červek was born on 19 July 1960 in Murska Sobota. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, graduating in 1985 under Prof. Gustav Gnamuš. In 1998 he went to New York on a grant from the Ministry of Culture and the Soros Open Society Institute. He works in painting, drawing, printmaking, illustration, and design. Sandi Červek made his debut on the art scene in the second half of the 1980s, as a member of a generation that turned directly to abstract art and the tradition of modernism. His very material canvases were reminiscent of the procedures and forms of Art Informel, although their optical effects prevailed over their material presence. This tendency gradually evolved into black canvases, in which the painting emerges in the incessantly changing reflections of light on a glossy relief surface.