(1888 - 1971)
Martin Benka was active/lived in Slovakia. Martin Benka is known for modernist landscape painting, illustration, typography.
Biography Martin Benka
Martin Benka (21 September 1888, Kostolište - 28 June 1971, Malacky) was a Slovak painter and illustrator. He is regarded as the founder of Modernist* 20th century Slovak painting, and was given the title National Artist. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Martin.
Benka's ornamental style, influenced by folk art, contrasted sharply with the functional and purist approach of the German Bauhaus* and Soviet avant-garde* movements of that time. A contemporary of the famous Czech generation of cubist* artists, Benka lived in Prague for 30 years.
Benka, along with Ludovít Fulla, Mikulás Galanda, and the Czech Jaroslav Vodrážka created Modernist Slovak typography*. He was a prolific creator of different fonts* - be
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