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File:Celje Vojna in mir.jpg
Savinšek's monument Vojna in mir ("War and Peace") in Celje.

Jakob Savinšek, (4 February 192217 August 1961) was a Slovene sculptor, illustrator and poet.


Savinšek was born in the Upper Carniolan town of Kamnik, then part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Now in Slovenia), where he spent his youth. After finishing the gymnasium in Ljubljana, he studied medicine at the University of Ljubljana. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, he studied drawing under the tutorship of Rihard Jakopič and sculpture under the supervision of Karla Bulovec Mrak. During World War II and the Italian occupation of Ljubljana, he was imprisoned in the Ljubljana Castle for collaborating with the Liberation Front of the Slovenian People. In 1942, he was later sent to the concentration camp in Gonars. He was released after the Italian armistice in september 1943.

Between 1945 and 1949, he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In the 1950s, he emerged as one of the most prominent Slovenian sculptures of the younger generations, together with Drago Tršar, Boris and Zdenko Kalin. He died in Kirchheim, Germany, while attending a sculptors' workshop.


Among his sculptures, the most famous are the monuments to Julius Kugy in the Trenta Valley (in Bovec municipality), to Ivan Tavčar in his mansion in Visoko and the monument entitled War and Peace in Celje. He was also renowned as a book illustrator. Among others, he illustrated books by Slavko Grum, Miran Jarc and Alojz Gradnik. The latter admired Savinšek's work and the two developed a close friendship.

Savinšek also wrote poetry during most of his adult life, but never published them. His manuscripts are kept in the National and University Library of Slovenia. The first collections of his poems was published in 2003 by the literary magazine KUD Logos, edited by the philosopher Gorazd Kocijančič.

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