Pratneker (1973) was born in Maribor, Slovenia, where he currently lives and works. In 2006, he graduated with the thesis on Maribor city landscapes throught history, including his own series of cityscapes. Soon after this, he also started to paint landscape motifs plein air or in the studio. In 2012, he received an MA at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana.
He participates in numerous group and solo exhibitions at home and abroad.
In October 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he participated with his paintings in the legendary annual juried art exhibitions, Autumn Salon, Paris, France.
In February 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2020 he participated with paintings in the other very important legendary annual juried art exhibitions Salon of the French artist in Grand palace, Paris, France. In 2020 he got the award »Mention«.
In December 2018 and 2019 he participated in Salon Beaux Art in Louvre. In 2019 he got the "Prix Eugène Boudin" for landscape painting.
“My paintings are landscapes that twist and turn and are tossed about and split apart.
Sometimes they merge into sky or water, or disappear off the edge of a cliff. Flooding is
a regular occurrence. I view the painting process as a portal to my inner world, a response to
environmental and global events; it has evolved out of a deep fascination with the metaphor
of landscape and the extensive possibilities of oil paint. By moving the paint over and around a
surface, weather and geological processes become agents of change, acting on landforms that
are repositories of memory and accumulated experience. I meander through a landscape versus
describing it, and capture not a moment but a process – forms, elements and events, moving
and changing over time.”
MFA, 2012, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Modern Art Gallery
»Mention«, Salon Artistes Francais, Paris, France, 2020.
"Prix Eugène Boudin", Salon des Beaux Arts, Paris, France, 2019.
"Prix d'excellence de peinture abstrate du salon 2018", Salon d'Arts Plastiques, La Rochelle, France, 2018.
"Dlum award", Salon Rotovž, Maribor, Slovenia, 2013.
»May Salon 2013 first price", Gallery Sonnet Hall, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013.
»Grand prix International Italia«, Salon Specchi, Messina, Italy, 2009.
»Paintings Vedute of Maribor«, Media Nox Gallery, Maribor, Slovenia, 2006.
»Paintings of Churches and the Bible«, Gallery ARS SAKRA, Maribor, Slovenia, 2009.
»Landscapes of Slovenia«, Gallery Ante Trstenjak, Ljutomer, Slovenia, 2009.
"Colours for Africa", Baodo in NIL, Graz, Austria, 2010.
"The Essence of Wood Landscapes", The Mihelič Gallery, Ptuj, Slovenia, 2011.