As a picturesque memento of his father, the five-part picture cycle “Kriegstagebuch meines Vaters” (War diary of my father) was created in 1995, which today covers the east wall of the Oman-Saal of the University of Klagenfurt. Inspiration and working material for this work was the notebook (display case) of his father Michael Oman, who grew up bilingual, completed elementary school and earned his living as a bricklayer.
Main building, Oman Hall, Z-129
Valentin Oman: „Bilingual Carinthia“, triptych to the „War diary of my father“, 1995
5-part picture cycle, mixed technique, note-book of Michael Oman
204 x 480 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.