Polde Mihelič (1923-2006)
»… he is like a child, knowing nothing and being amazed at everything with big, wide opened eyes. His paintings are the same – simple, clumsy and childish. There is no philosophy in them, no artificial self-sufficiency. They speak straight, from heart to heart…« (Ivan Stopar, 1958)
After he had finished the School for Design and Photography in 1954, he continued with studies of art pedagogy at the Academy of Education (1965). Mihelič’s painting is continuation of tradition of searching for ideals of peasant life, as has already been met in work of the Vesnani group (a group of Slovenian artists, who were occupied with the programme for preservation of arts in the first half of the 20th century), the Kralj brothers… The artist found his motifs, caricatured figures and typical place settlements in people’s habits, customs, believes, thus in the peasants’ folklore.