NOTES ON LUIGI SPACAL
LUIGI SPACAL (Trieste 1907-2000), painter and graphic artist, is considered one of the most important painters of the post-war period in Slovenia and Italy. He is also of worldwide renown for his graphics, in particular lithography and etchings. He is remembered above all as the artist of Istria and the Karst region, from where he drew his inspiration for depicting the natural surroundings in his artistic works.
He received many national (in Slovenia and Italy) and international awards, including: the Prize for Graphics at the Biennale of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo Brazil (1953); the Grand Prix for Graphics at the Biennale of Venice (1958); the Prize of the Presidency of the Camera del Parlamento Italiano (1968); the Slovenian Preseren Prize for his artistic achievements (1974); the San Giusto d’Oro – awarded by the City of Trieste (1977); the Gold Star of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (awarded by Tito in 1978); the Gold Medal awarded by the Province of Trieste (1984); Member of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art SAZU (1987); the Jakopic Prize (posthumously in 2000) and many other important acknowledgements for his artistic work. He had many solo and collective exhibitions in Slovenia, Italy and abroad. He participated four times in the Venice Biennale and regularly exhibited his work at the Biennale of Graphic Art in Ljubljana. His paintings and graphics can be found in many art collections and art galleries all over the world and in 1988 a permanent exhibition of his work was set up in the Castle of Štanjel, on the Slovenian Karst. www.spacal.net www.spacal.com