Jakob Savinšek

b. 4 February 1922 in Kamnik (YU); d. 17 August 1961 in Kirchheim, Lower Franconia (D); Yugoslavian sculptor, painter and poet

Studied medicine at Ljubljana University
1930s- 1940s Studied art under Rihard Jakopič, instructed in sculpture by Karla Bulovec Mrak
1945-1949 Studied sculpture under Boris Kalin at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana
1960Participated as a stone sculptor in the sculpture symposium in St. Margarethen in Austria with Karl Prantl
1961Together with Janez Lenassi, he organized the Forma Viva sculpture symposia in Kostanjevica na Krki, Slovenia, and on the Seča peninsula near Portorož. Since then, this symposium has taken place every two years. In 2007 it was dedicated to Lenassi.

In the 1950s he was one of the best-known sculptors of the young generation in Slovenia along with Drago Tršar and the brothers Boris and Zdenko Kalin. He continued his artistic studies in Vienna, Italy and Switzerland.

After studying one of the most celebrated sculptors of the time, Stojan Batič, Savinšek founded his own circle of artists which consisted not only of young and talented artists who focused predominantly on the visual arts, but also writers and actors such as Dino Radojević, Andrej Hieng and Herbert Grün.