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Famous People From Slovenia

here is a list of a few famous people from Slovenia-

Janez Vajkard Valvasor (1641-1693)

Janez Vajkard Valvasor, nobleman, and polymath, a harbinger of the Slovenian Enlightenment. Valvasor studied the natural sciences at various European universities and gained his knowledge of military skills and tactics as an officer in the wars with the Ottoman Turks. His treatise on the karst phenomenon of the periodic Cerknica Lake aroused so much attention that he was made a member of the Royal Society in London. His most important work was the Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (1689: 15 volumes, 528 illustrations), a genuine encyclopedia of natural science, Slovenian customs and folklore, history, and topography that covered a large part of present-day Slovenia. His statue stands in Valvasor Square in front of the Natural History Museum in Ljubljana.



Alenka Pinteric

Alenka Pinteric was born on July 23, 1948, in Maribor, Slovenia and she is famous for her acting career. One of her important roles was in the movie ‘Stereotype’. Being born on July 23, her zodiacal sign is Cancer.

Andrej Bajuk

1943 – Born on the 18th of October in Ljubljana, he received his first degree in economics in Mendoza from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He received his first Master’s degree the University of Chicago.  He got his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. in 1994, Andrej Bajuk was IDB representative for Europe in Paris. He Returned to Mendoza, where he taught as a professor at the university. In 2000, he became the Prime Minister of Slovenia and was Proclaimed as the “finance minister of the year in Europe” in 2005 by the Financial Times Business magazine.




Jacobus Gallus (1550-1591)

Jacobus Gallus, a leading composer of the 16th century, was educated in various monasteries in Central Europe and began his music career in Vienna. Later, he worked mainly in Olomouc and Prague, where he was chapelmaster at the Church of St. Jan. He was a recognized and very respected composer in his time. His opus includes sixteen Masses in four volumes, and he set liturgical and biblical texts to music in 374 motets; with his collection Opus Musicum, he ranks among the most important European composers of motets.



Stanko Vraz

Stanko Vraz was a Croatian and Slovenian poet.  1810 – Born 30th of June in Cerovec, Slovenia. He was the first Croatian to earn his living as a professional writer.  Wrote poems and travelogues and collected folk poems. He translated other nations’ literature to Croatian.  In 1842,  he along with two of his other contributors, founded Kolo, one of Croatia’s first literary magazines. In 1851, he died on 20th of May in Zagreb.




Ivana Kobilca

Ivana Kobilca is Slovenia’s most important woman painter and represents the generation of Slovenian realists. She studied in Munich with Alois Ertelt, and while painting in all the European art centers she remained faithful to the Munich modernists. She worked the longest in Sarajevo where she painted genres with folk motifs, and she contributed illustrations to a basic book on Austria-Hungary (1898). Her portraits of her close relatives are famous as are The Zither Player, The Coffee Drinker, Grandmother’s Chest, and the allegory Slovenia Bows to Ljubljana done for the Ljubljana City Hall. Paintings by Ivana Kobilca are exhibited in all the major galleries in Europe.

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