Recognized as a “father of Maribor printmaking,” Slovenian artist Bojan Golija diligently explored the expressive abilities of printmaking not only to convey his interest in nature and Slovenian folklore but also to educate younger generations. Golija’s frequent crossing of artistic approaches and particular attitude towards color led to imagery shaped by stimuli from nearby as well as Japanese woodcut tradition and unconventional procedures.
In 1954, Bojan Golija (1932–2014), a Maribor native, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana’s printmaking program. He traveled to Japan in 1957 to study and teach for seven months. After returning, he taught drawing at the Elementary School Kamnica near Maribor, then at the Maribor Teachers' College along with the Pedagogical Gymnasium. The artist was one of the first professors at the Pedagogical Academy, and he later continued his career at the Faculty of Education of the University of Maribor. In addition to his academic pursuits, he developed into a key cultural figure for the northeastern region of Slovenia.
Golija, who enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana in 1949, belongs to the institution’s fifth generation of students. At the time when his expressive profile was forming as an art student, printmaking in Slovenia started gaining momentum, eventually evolving into a high-quality, endemic phenomenon in the 1950s, with lithography as the most popular technique.