Roman Uranjek

Roman Uranjek was born in 1961 in Trbovlje, and passed away in 2022 in Ljublana, Slovenia. He was a founding member of IRWIN and Neue Slovenische Kunst (NSK), internationally renowned artists’ groups established in the 1980s.

Appropriating and reinterpreting motifs from sacred art, Slovenian art, the historical avant-garde and socialist realism, the language of his works highlights the problems of the information flood, where the quantity and speed of news overrides its relevance and quality.

From 2002 until the day of his death, he worked on At Least One Cross a Day, a series of over 25,000 works that use a variety of artistic media to present the cross symbol, which is closely linked to the IRWIN group, in different contexts. 

In 2014, Uranjek started working with Radenko Milak on their joint project called “DATES” in 2014, after realizing that both of them tied their artistic work to the domain of cultural and political activism using artistic means. This way they give new meaning to well-known or abandoned images of the 20th century history. Their perspectives on political history, society, and art create a common ground for their cooperative work as artists; hence they create a contemporary art puzzle with countless layers of significance for interpretation.