The VDMFK welcomes Zeljko Vertelj as a new Associated Member. On the occasion of the board meeting in November 2021, he was elected unanimously by the board member as a new Associated Member.
Zeljko Vertelj was born in Ljubljana on 26 July 1959. In January 1992 he was involved in a serious road accident which resulted in tetraplegia with paralysis of all four extremities. Even before his accident Zeljko Vertelj was a successful painter, which is why he was eager to continue his career as an artist despite his handicap and took up mouth painting in 1994. The artist’s favourite sources of motifs are the landscapes of his native country, examples of which he has already shown at several exhibitions.
As with every scholarship holder’s paintings, also his artworks were assessed on a three years period. On the basis of his attained painting level, the jury of the VDMFK recommended in autumn 2021 that Mr Zeljko Vertelj be admitted as a new associated member from March 2022.