Janez Bernik was born on September 6, 1933, and died on July 15, 2016.
He was a multiple-time awarded and internationally acclaimed Slovenian painter and academic.
He received his early education at the Crafts School in Ljubljana, from 1951 until 1955.
Janez Bernik attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he was a pupil of Maksim Sedej.
He worked as a freelance artist between 1958 and 1969, and in 1970 he had started teaching as a professor of drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana.
At the time of his retirement, from 1979 to 1996, Bernik was a full professor and the head of the Painting Department of the Academy.
Janez Bernik was member of the Group 69 and participated at all its exhibitions.
During 1989, he was named an associate member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 1993 became its full member.
Bernik was an external corresponding member of Accademia di san Luca in Rome, and suice 1996, a regular member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
Janez works can be found in Slovenian galleries (Ljubljana, Maribor, Ajdovščina, and Idrija) and by galleries and museums in most of larger European cities (London, Vienna, Prague, Zagreb, Warsaw, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam). Many of his works are also kept in the Northern and Southern Americas (San Francisco, Washington, New York, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro), and even Japan (Tokio).
Janez Bernik passed away at 82 years old.