Janez Lenassi

b. 3 July 1927 in Opatija, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (YU); d. 26 January 2008 in Piran (SLO); Slovene sculpto

1947-1951Studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana under Professor Peter Loboda
1953-1955  Teaching post at an intermediate school in Radovljica. Continued to train his artistic skills under Professor Boris Kalin
1957-1959Teacher at an elementary school in Ljubljana
1966Awarded the Prešeren Prize
1981Awarded the Jakopič visual arts prize
1982 Appointed a professor, but never took up a corresponding position
1980-1990International Kornari Summer Academy for Sculpture in Marušiči

President of the Union of Artists in Yugoslavia

1986-1996Member of the committee of the Salzburg International Summer Academy
1987-1989 President of the Union of Slovene Artists


1959President of the Union of Slovene Artists
1961With the sculptor Jakob Savinšek, he organized the first international sculpture symposium in Slovenia in Kostanjevica na Krki and the sculpture symposium Forma Viva on the Seča peninsula near Portorož
1966Second participation in the St. Margarethen sculpture symposium
1972-1976Part of the team working on the art project started by Karl Prantl for Stephansplatz in Vienna which was shelved following objections from certain Viennese authorities
2007The Forma Viva sculpture symposium is dedicated to him to mark his 80th birthday