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TINA KONEC (1992, Maribor) graduated in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana in 2015 and completed her Masters of Art in painting in 2019. She is currently enrolled in a PhD programme in Humanities and Social Sciences at the same institution. She has exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. She has received the Prešeren Student Prize for Painting (2019), the first prize grand prix at the International Painting Ex-Tempore in Piran (2018) and twice the first prize at the International Painting Ex-Tempore in Grožnjan (2018 and 2021). She regularly participates in artist residencies and her works are included in several gallery collections, including the collections of the Maribor Art Gallery and the Piran Coastal Galleries. She lives and works in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

"Drawing has been the foundation of my creative process for many years. The series Dualism of the Beautiful appears in two parts - as drawings and as prints, executed according to the logic of lenticular printing. In the series of five works I interweave two images at the same time, both images symbolizing opposing concepts. Alongside the twigs I have placed plastic waste, which is depicted as highly aestheticised objects, almost as relics. The way of looking at the series Dualism of the Beautiful forces the viewer to look at the work not only frontally, but also from the side, which dictates the idea of a change in point of view and way of thinking in dealing with environmental issues."

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