Meet the Artist / Saša Bezjak

Who are you and what do you do?
Saša Bezjak, painter, pedagogue.

Describe your work in three words / adjectives.
Passion, creating, teaching.

Best advice on the art world you've received?
Immerse yourself in your work and don’t ask anyone anything about it until it’s done.

Artwork / author / music / movie that has been your favorite lately?
The Doors, All About My Mother (Almodovar), Lou Reed, Sex pistols

What do you fear when you create?
Nothing.

What creation tool would I not be able to live without?
The life around me.

What do you consider to be the biggest success of your artistic career so far?
Amsterdam, an amazing response to my exhibition.

How do you view the positive or negative critique of your creation?
As a second opinion.

How did the pandemic mark your work?
I paint more.

The relay question of the artist Matija Bobičić:
What would harm you more as an artist if you received only positive or only negative reviews?
It's like this with criticism. There can be a lot of positives and that’s usually the case, especially at an exhibition, but there are few who really think positively, there are one or two, and when they tell you, you believe it because you feel it with all the sensors. Of course, there are also those who admire you as an artist, but you very rarely find out or find out because your friend tell you, because they are not able to communicate it themselves, because there is something wrong with you in Slovenia if you express your praise. Negative criticism is painful, and not necessarily productive. They can refelct some resentment. I want a little more positive criticism that would benefit me and constructive negative ones - from which I can progress. Both are needed.

Saša Bezjak was born in 1971 in Maribor and grew up in Trate in Slovenske gorice. She graduated in 1999 from the Faculty of Education in Maribor in art pedagogy under the mentorship of professor of sculpture Darko Golija, and in 2001 in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana under the mentorship of professor Metka Krašovec (practical part Picture Statue) and professor of art history dr. Nadje Zgonik (theoretical part Four Personal Views of Young Maribor Artists). In 2009, she completed her master's degree in sculpture with professor Lujo Vodopivec with the topic Different Dimensions of Reality. Since 2002, she has been self-employed in culture. In 2013, the University of Maribor awarded her the title of expert associate for the subject area of ​​special didactics.
She is involved in drawing, painting, sculpture, embroidery, art campaigns and teaching. For a decade as a mentor, she has been preparing art workshops for young people and adults and organizing exhibitions of works created there.
Since 2006 he has been living, working and creating in Gornja Radgona.