The focus is always on the human being. Man in all imaginable, experienceable and perceptible variations of his being, in all sorts of positions of his self-awareness and self-experience. He is a person with a deep mind. “Slavic soul” is what some call this pejoratively. He is open minded and vulnerable to moods, to what is in the air or deep inside himself, to melancholy and wistfulness. That is the reason why this awareness of mortality, so strongly developed in him and in his works, that is the reason why these signs and traces of decay, but as such traces of lived life, once present. For Oman, this is humanity and world. (Peter Paul Wiplinger)
Great Gallery (temporary)
Valentin Oman: Eight „Torsi“, 2001-06
8 graphic works
65 x 47,5 cm
Valentin Oman was born in St. Stefan near Villach in 1935. From 1958 to 1962 he studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna with Hilda Schmid-Jesser, master class for painting and completed a special course in printmaking with Riko Debenjak in Ljubljana in 1963. Oman lives and works as freelance artist in Vienna and Carinthia. In 1995 he was honored with the honorary doctorate of the University of Klagenfurt. He is holder of the Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st class as well as a member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art.