Lojze Spacal (1907- 2000), Italian / Slovenian

Born and died in Trieste, Italian painter and member of the Slovenian community in Italy. In 1930 he was arrested for anti-fascism and send to exile to Accetura. During his exile years, he discovered his artistic talent. In 1934 he graduated from the Art School in Venice. During the Second World War, he participated in the anti-fascist movement and battles. After the war, he won several Biennale grand prizes in Venice and Ljubljana. In 1974 he won the highest artistic prize in Slovenia. Today there is museum dedicated for his life and work in Shtanjel (www.spacial.net)

Lojze Spacal visited Macedonia in the mid 1950s. He was a member of the committee for evaluating Macedonian cultural heritage. His appointed driver took him to visit several places, of which he was particularly impressed by the old monasteries in the Lake Ohrid area. The local medieval architecture, landscape and culture in general fascinated him. Later he often said that his experience of the Macedonian landscape had influenced his rediscovery of the Karst. (Kras in Slovenian, a place where Spacal devoted significant artistic attention.).

Lojze Spacal 1907-2000 Gipsy quarert in Skopje 1956 colored woodcut

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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