Brainstorming With Slavo
Sculptor, Artisan Blacksmith
December 12, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Here’s the abbreviated timeline of Slavo’s life:
Pre-1982: Is born, grows up, all that good stuff.
1982-1984: studies marketing at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
1985: Opens a commercial Christmas decoration manufacturing studio called Christmas Images, which he operates until he “started to get restless and a little bored with the limitations to my creativity.”
1991-1994: Studies Art and Design at the University of Alberta while still maintaining the decoration business.
Early 1990s: He starts experimenting with artistic iron work. The “right people” see it and he is contacted by several galleries to show his work.
Current day: “My studio practice is a perfect balance of sculptural work and wrought iron work.”
Have a look at his incredible work at www.saatchiart.com/slavocech and metalurges.ca.
In 1986 he pitched AGT (Alberta Government Telephones, which later became Telus) with the idea to light up the front of their building in a pattern of Christmas trees. Thirty-two+ years later the original vision remains, though now uses LED bulbs, and forms a familiar part of Edmonton’s winterscape skyline.
In 2017, he was a top 10 finalist in The Edmonton Project. His idea is to light up another building, this time projected with community sourced images using the hashtag #OneEdmonton.
He likes to cook and entertain. At home he is known as the fish whisperer. He explains: “people tend to overcook their fish.”
2006 was his busiest year. That during that calendar year, he worked 12-14 hour days and only took three days off.
He loves to travel. If he could, he would visit a gallery or museum everyday.