Klementina Golija (SI) was born in Jesenice. She studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, where she also graduated in 1990 from professors Glauc Baruzzi and Giuseppe Maraniello. She completed her master’s degree in graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana with prof. Lojze Logar (1993) and a master’s degree in painting with prof. Gustav Gnamus (1995) at the same academy. Study visits to Boston and New York in 1990 and a two-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in the autumn of 1995 were particularly important for her further artistic development. Klementina Golija has so far had 121 solo exhibitions and participated in more than 316 group presentations at home and abroad. In 2016, the University of Ljubljana awarded her the recognition of important works of art, and in 2017 she obtained the title of assistant professor in the field of painting at the University of Ljubljana. She was the initiator and long-time president of the Kranj Biennale and the Biennial of Drawing and Painting in the Alps Adriatic.
Painting and drawing in a spatial collage object are pre-subordinated to imaginary structure: with selected colors it forms a vertical plane in their dialogue with other, mostly organic characters and symbolic values placed in the image field, in some segments the author adds collage applications-details of various papers , which she paints and map with structural layers and thus re-visualize personal code marks into authorial semantic metaphors.
In these light cores, which are partly derived from my cycle Insight window into the soul, she places a circle in the center of the composition, which symbolizes a round window. The window offers the viewer a view from the inside out and vice versa, from the outside inwards into a personal, contemplative world of artistic interpretation and symbolic meanings.
As a medium of optical communication, windows represent the separation between the outside and the inside; at the same time, it also acts as a guide for connections between the themes of separate worlds.