IGOR BENCA

Born 1958 / Nitra, Slovakia

Education

1981 – 1987     Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Printmaking and Book Illustration, Prof Albín Brunovský, Bratislava, Slovakia

Experience

1990                Scholarship, Centrum Frans Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium

1991 – 2000     Lecturer, Department of Arts Education at the University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra, Slovakia

1998                Appointed Senior Lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia

Since 2001      Lecturer, Academy of Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

2010                Lecturer, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland

2003 – 2012     Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Since 2012      Vice-Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Academy of Arts, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Awards (selected)

1990, 1994, 1996        Medal, 13th,15th,17th Biennial of Ex libris, Malbork, Poland

1995                1st Prize, INTER  KONTAK  GRAFIK ’95, Prague, Czech Republic

1995                1st Prize, The Most Beautiful Postage Stamp of the Year 1994, Slovakia

1996                Award of Excellence, The space group of Korea, Seoul, Korea

1999                Silver Medal, 1st International Exhibition of Ex libris and Small Prints, Beijing, China

2000                Honorary Award, 5th Triennial of Miniprints, Chamalieres, France

2005                Prize for Graphic Arts, 8th International Biennial, Győr, Hungary

Since 1989 solo exhibitions and participation in group exhibitions in Slovakia and in Belgium, France, Poland, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, USA, China, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, Scotland, etc. He expresses mostly through paintings, prints, book illustrations, ex libris, drawings, and postage stamp design (Author of more than 20 projects of postage stamps issued by Slovak Post).

He lives in Koniarovce, Nitra and Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

Contact: benca@aku.sk

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