Hinko Smrekar (Ljubljana, 1883–1942, Slovenian) was a pioneering drawing and print artist whose body of work complements the international study of satire and illustration in the first half of the 20th century. His satire reflected epochal geopolitical changes between 1914 and 1942. He introduced international secessionist illustration to new audiences. Despite anchored by granular events in his native Carniola (now central Slovenia) and the city of Ljubljana, his drawings constitute a universal commentary on the struggles of everyday life, folk traditions and the human nature. An advocate for freedom of thought, Smrekar pushed back against authoritarians, to great personal cost.
The Hinko Smrekar Digital Project aims to present Smrekar’s life and work and place the pioneer Slovenian caricaturist alongside his European counterparts, providing wide access to the understudied artist.