Veliki čuvaj / The Great Gatekeeper
Mirsad Begić (1953) studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, where he graduated in 1979, and later specialized in painting (1986) under Drago Tršar. He perfected his studies by taking additional courses in Great Britain. He creates in clay, plaster, ceramics, bronze and various atypical materials from wax to rope, and has also worked as a theater set designer. Begić has exhibited in Slovenia and abroad (especially in Germany). He lives and works in Ljubljana. He is the creator of numerous public monuments and portraits in Slovenia: the portrait of Jože Tisnikar in Slovenj Gradec, Srečko Kosovel in Sežana, Žiga Zois and Ivan Hribar in Ljubljana, or the portrait sculpture of Anton Ažbe in Munich (Germany). He also redesigned the side entrance door of the Ljubljana Cathedral, decorated with portraits of 20th century bishops of Ljubljana, and created a monument to fallen Bosnian soldiers fighting in The Battles of the Isonzo. In 1997 he received the Župančič Award, and in 2000, the Prešeren Foundation Award for his cycle Preserving Dreams.