Fraňo Štefunko

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Fraňo Štefunko
Born 4 August 1903
Dudváh-Vlčkovce, Slovakia (then Austro-Hungary)
Died 6 April 1974
Martin, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia)
Sculpture of Ján Kollár in Mošovce by Fraňo Štefunko

Fraňo Štefunko (* 4 August 1903, Dudváh-Vlčkovce, Slovakia (then Austro-Hungary) – † 6 April 1974, Martin, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia)), was a sculptor, art pedagogue and editor. In 1932 after his studies of art in Prague he moved to Martin. He was the editor of a graphical section of Slovenské pohľady, instructor of a carpentry course of the Activity Cultivation Institute, as well as a conservator with the Slovak National Museum. Štefunko begins with his freelance work two years after coming to Martin and soon becomes one of the founders of Slovak sculpture. In addition to the statues of many important personalities of Slovak history such as Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav or Ján Kollár and tombs of others (Miloslav Schmidt) he also dedicated his time to monuments in the field of Slovak history (historical figures, the World Wars, Slovak National Uprising).[1]