Paternu, Uros

“I see the art of painting as a way to harness thoughts and to ground the objects and the world around me on the basis of a dialectical relatonship between the spiritual-conceptual and the physical-material, which is established by transposing the concrete empirical matter into its visual articulation”

Uroš Paternu developed his recognizable and unique visual language in the 90’s with the theoretical interpretation of his own creative process, which is characterized by artistic analysis and systematisation. The basic and most active agent and content of the artistic creation of Uroš Paternu is the color in all its range and dynamics, attitudes and relationships, in violations of the rules and freedom from them with an inner depth and visual form. In color he searches for its dematerialized nature which in a creative process becomes a carefully thought-out composition, an echo of the artworks that resonates in the viewer’s perception and gives the impression of being a vibrating living organism or expression.

Uroš Paternu was born in 1972 in Kranj, Slovenia. From 1991-1995 he was studing painting and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he also received the Master Degree from abstract painting in the year 2000. In the year 1996 he received the University »Prešeren« Award for the painting »Wet living green«. And in the same year he also received the First prize for a postgraduate study from Ivan Napotnik Cultural Centre, Velenje. Only three years after graduating from the Academy he presents his first independent and comprehensive exhibition in Gallery  Keleia, in Slovenia.

In 2015 he was awarded with 2 Prix Award, International Exhibition Art Resilience,  Musée de Peinture de Saint – Frajou, France. On the invitation he become an associate member of the Art Resilience movement in France.

His work appears in various publications and his paintings are represented in corporate and private collections. Internationally his paintings have been exhibited in Japan, Italy, Portugal and France.

He lives and paints in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Europe.



1998 Keleia Gallery, Celje

1999 Bevisa Gallery, Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled

2000 Gallery of the Union of Slovenian Fine Artist’s Associations, Ljubljana

2001 Electro Gallery, Elektro Gorenjska, Kranj

2002 Gallery in Prešeren House, Kranj

2004 Libbreria Triestina, Trieste, Italy

2005 Schwarz Gallery, Ljubljana

2006 Ljubljana Castle, Pentagonal Tower, Ljubljana


1991-1995 Academy of Fine Art, exhibitions of student work, Ljubljana

1996 Ivan Napotnik Cultural Centre, Ilirija Gallery, Velenje

1996 Gallery Keleia, Celje, IX. International Weeks of Painting

1997 Gallery Keleia, Celje, X. International Weeks of Painting

1998 Gallery Keleia, Celje, Exhibition of young artists (Urša Berlot, Edvin

Dobrilovič, Uroš Paternu, Mihael Rudl)

1999 Fužine Castle, Ljubljana XI. International Weeks of Painting

1999 Žula Gallery, Maribor (with Mihael Rudl)

1999 Gallery of the Union of Slovenian Fine Artist’s Associations, Ljubljana

(new members)

2002 Sakaide Museum, Sakaide Art Grand Prix, Japan

2004 City Museum and Art Gallery, Piran, ex tempore (selection)

2007 Exhibition in Kud Gallery, Trnfest, Ljubljana

2008 Gallery Jugovic, Ljubljana

2008 Gallery Kresija, Exhibition “Painting”, Ljubljana

2010 Gallery Ivan Napotnik, Velenje

2015 International Exhibition Art Resilience, Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou,


2016 RE-COGNITION, Art Map Project, Ponte de Lima, Portugal

2016 International Exhibition Art Resilience, Musée de Peinture de Saint-Frajou,