Vasilije Cetkovic-Vasko, a renowned academic sculptor and painter, was born in Montenegro, studied in Split and in 1965 graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana with professors Boris and Zdenko Kalin. With his wife Ana, he settled down in Prekorje near Celje where he created and exhibited his art works. In 2000, they moved to Rogaška Slatina.
Vasko can claim a rich opus of prizes and awards for his artistic creations, as well as numerous independent and group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. He is best known for extensive cycles of small sculptures, especially for public sculptures. Even before the founding of the European Union, in Germany in 1990, he set up Knot, a large modern sculpture, that symbolizes the connection of the whole world, and a few years later a sculpture named Growth.
It is typical of Vasko to test himself in using various industrial materials that are a challenge for him: wood, iron, stone, concrete, glass, ceramics, steel and aluminum. It is interesting to know that his artistic work had been performed for a long time in factories in the Styrian region.
He has also established himself in the field of painting, which is shown by many watercolours that revive the walls of many individual homes and institutions.
The most famous large bronze sculptures he created after 2000 are his donations to the municipalities of Celje, Slovenske Konjice and Rogaška Slatina. Sculpture of Pegasus winged horse with a golden hoof in Rogaška Slatina, Alma Karlin and Josip Pelikan in Celje, as well as Woman on Horseback and Horse and Woman in Slovenske Konjice.
Woman and horse are his main motive attributes. With his artistic language, he devoted his entire life to them. His mighty sculptures in Slovenske Konjice grew into our living space to live and breathe with us. They are telling their story about life's ups and downs.