1950 Place of birth: Celje, Slovenia
1963 1976 I have started with activities on art topics already in grammar school, when I have sculptured my first sculptures in wood and metal. During my years of study I have started to draw and paint. In the year 1980 I have moved to entjur where I actually begin to be creative.
1980 1984 For 4 years I became a regular guest in the studio of a painter Goce Kalajdziski, who showed me and skilled me in a different painting and sculpturing technics. I became familiar with technic of watercolour, which I am using at most and I am still developing it. In the time of my presence in a studio of my mentor, I have prepared also my first exhibitions.
1995- 1998 During the time I was employed in a glass firm Steklar in Celje I have an opportunity to be acquainted with the modeling of glass / fused glass /. In the glass studio of Ciril Zobec in 1997 in Rogaska Slatina I have the chance to meet for the first time with the tecnic of glass fusing. From that moment on I have started to express my ideas also in glass.
1998 I made a decision to start being active only on the field of art. In the summer I have started to work in Portorose, Slovenia.
2002-2003 Two years I had a studio in the Secovlje Salina Nature Park, where I have painted, sculptured and created in glass.
2003 I have moved to Piran, Slovenia. Piran becomes my living room.
2004 I have started to work in my new studio and gallery in Savudrijska Street, Piran.
2006 Studio and gallery was moved to Bolniska Street, Piran. GALLERY MARKO JEZERNIK
Among the important exhibitions I want to mention following:
1988 Smelt Ljubljana, Slovenija - 1992 Le Faux Miroir Art Gallery, Grand Sablon-Brussels, Belgium / invitation of the galleriest mister Marc Pleitinx / -
1993 Paviljon NOB Trzic- Museum of Contemporary History Trzic, Slovenia;
Krizanke, 41. International Summer Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia / positive evaluation of artworks from cycles El Torro and watercolours has given also art historian prof. dr. Mirko Jutersek / - 1998 Unique art glass for Interior Design - Avditorij Portorose, Slovenia - 2010 Artist's Lights/ Lucid'Artista - The Fifth International Biennial of Art in Ferrara, Italy - 2011 Repyartrium 2011 - International 1,1 Kilometer Tunnel Exhibition and International Grand Prix - Piran/Portorose, Slovenia * Fourth International Printmaking Prints for Peace 2011 Monterrey, NL M�xico * Nessuno Ti Capisce?/ Nih?e Te Ne Razume? Exhibition of Collage artworks in Life Class Hotels&Spa Portorose, Slovenia
In the family my first idol was my mother’s brother, uncle August Deržek, who was an excellent graphic and water colorist. The Provincial Museum of Celje has some of his graphics and the Museum of Recent History, also in Celje, has part of his artistic legacy in watercolors.
I have expanded my knowledge of craft skills by socializing with the right people, who are not afraid to share their knowledge with others.
I have been really lucky and always “come across” people who were willing to open the door to their knowledge, to monitor my work and to give me the opportunity to learn from them. Among them was the Macedonian painter Goce Kalajdžiski, who acquainted me with painting and graphic techniques, then the glass master Cyril Zobec from Rogaška Slatina, who introduced me to the mysterious world of fused glass, and here is my mentor for guitar playing, upholsterer Fahir Tutnjić – Faki, with whom I’m designing and producing fine art chairs.