STA, 21 August 2022- Roman Uranjek, one of the founders of two the most influential Slovenian contemporary arts collectives, Irwin and Neue Slowenische Kunst, has died aged 60, several media have reported.
Born in Trbovlje in 1961, Uranjek entered the art scene with the Irwins in 1983, creating an an arts phenomenon whose influence stretches from the 1980s to the present.
The group became known for appropriating the iconography of social realism, Nazi propaganda, sacral art and archetypical images of Slovenian art, according to Delo newspaper.
In parallel he pursued his own artistic career and is best known for his project At Least a Cross a Day, which he launched in 2002.
The series contains over 25,000 crosses, a symbol closely associated with Irwin, that he created until his death.
Works by Irwin are part of major international arts collections and have been exhibited in the most prominent galleries in the world.