Maja
Babič Košir


Born in 1978, Ljubljana (SI)

Lives and works between Ljubljana (Sl) and Porto (PT)

Maja Babič Košir (1978) graduated and obtained her Master’s degree in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. She completed her postgraduate studies in creative illustration and visual communication techniques at the EINA University School of Design and Art in Barcelona. Her creative process is based on the principle of meditative introspection. She draws subject matter from her environment and personal history, especially from her rich family archives holding a wide array of materials; this enables her to use intuitive artistic interventions in translating her intimate stories into a visual form. She has participated in numerous independent and group exhibitions, especially in Portugal and Spain, where she lived and worked for almost ten years. She takes regular part in international contemporary art fairs & shows, for example, SPARK Art Fair Vienna, Berlin Art Week, Vienna Contemporary, SWAB Barcelona and Zürich Art Weekend 2022. 

︎︎︎ EDUCATION


2010 

MFA in Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (SI)



2007 

MFA in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication, School of Design and Art of Barcelona EINA, Barcelona (ES)



2005 

BFA in Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (Sl)



2002 

Erasmus, Exchange study program, Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (PT)





︎︎︎ AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES




2022
International Art Residency, Gornji Grad (SI)

2020
Artist in Residence feat. Rijeka2020, Omisalj, Island Krk (HR)

2010, 2013, 2016
Funding award given by the Association of the Slovene Fine Artists’ Societies (Sl)



2012

Premi de pintura innternacional Guash Coranty, Centre d'Art de L'Hospitalet, Barcelona (ES)



2007
First prize for the cover book In Vacanza, Panos Karnezis, llystories, Barcelona ES/IT)



2000 - 2007

Awarded Zois foundation scholarship for Talented Students (Sl)



2004, 2005

Ljubljana City Hall Award for Obuvalnica Butanoga as the best shop design (Sl)


2000


1st prize award by Slovenian Cinemateque, bronze bust of Slovenian actress Ita Rina, Divaca (Sl)




︎︎︎ PUBLICATIONS


2016

Frida’s book, self publishing (Sl)



2015

Pisi mi, ko ti bo najlepse, Nina Kokelj, Litera (Sl)



2013

Crystalline poems, Alma Glumac, Ljubljana (Sl)

Hosting words, Slovenian Writers Association, Ljubljana (Sl)



2012

Shipwrek in the nursery, Jana Kolaric, Genija, Ljubljana (Sl)
Straw land, Nina Kokelj, Goga, Novo mesto (Sl)

2009

Summer with a clown, Nina Kokelj, Beletrina, Ljubljana (Sl)



2007
In Vacanza, Panos Karnezis, Illystories (ES/IT)



2006
Unfinished story, Luna Jurancic Sribar, Vitrum, Ljubljana (Sl
︎︎︎ SOLO SHOWS

2022
International Art Residency, Gornji Grad (SI)

My Familiar Unfamiliar (Nevena Aleksovski & Maja Babič Košir): I Dreamed there was an Island, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (Sl)



Call Me Series, Cukrarna Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)
SPARK Art Fair Vienna, Vienna (AT)


2021
Turnmeon, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)


2020 SWAB Barcelona, Swab on Paper, curated by Carolina Diez-Cascón (ES)

Vienna Contemporary, New perspectives with Z-Series, curated by Francesca Gavin (AT)


Artist in Residence feat. Rijeka2020, Omisalj, Island Krk (HR)

2018  

R / EDITIONS: Such a Star, Ravnikar Gallery space, Ljubljana (Sl)
I have to go. Bollocks!, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)



2016 

From my family album II (collaboration with Diana Tamane) Y Galeriis, Tartu (EE)
It was nice today, Thank you. LOVE LETTERS, O! Gallery, Lisbon (PT)



2015
Love me tender (collaboration with Tanja Vergles), Galeria dos Leos, Porto (PT)
Love me tender (collaboration with Tanja Vergles), UGM Studio, Maribor (Sl)



2013
Flash/Flush, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)


2012 
Its not just about Rabbits and the Bears, Galeria dos Leos, Porto (PT)
I will eat you for breakfast I love you, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)



2011

Pedro explained to me that fuck sounds worse than foda-se, gallery Dama Aflita, Porto (PT)

2005
It hurts, I do not feel anything, Gallery Kapelica, Ljubljana (Sl)



2000
Permanent public installation of bronze bust of Slovenian actress Ita Rina, Divaca (Sl)



︎︎︎ GROUP SHOWS

2022
Zürich Art Salon, Zürich, CH viennacontemporary, Vienna, AT Positions Berlin Art Fair, Berlin, DE
Artists in Dialogue with a Collection of Poems by Anja Golob, Kresija Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)

2021
Vienna Contemporary, Vienna (AT)

AIR4, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (Sl)

The Future of Living, Museum of Architecture and Design Ljubljana, Traveling exhibition (32 cities: South America, Europe and Middle East)

2020 

Favorite Things, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)



2019 

Vienna Contemporary, Vienna (AT)

Last Christmas I gave you my Art, Ravnikar Gallery (Sl)
Sketchbooks in residence, Molo Longo Rijeka (HR)

PopUpstart, Ravnikar Gallery, CZK Maribor (Sl)

Ex tempora, Eko Drava, Vetrinjski dvor, Maribor (Sl)

AIR4, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (Sl)

Bee or not to Bee, O! Gallery, Porto & Lisbon (PT)

What do you do?, permanent collection, Rokodelski center Ribnica (Sl)

Art for sale, UGM, Center for creativity, Maribor (Sl)

That is to say, everyone, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)

MENT festival, appointMENT music poster exhibition, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (Sl)



2018 

Contemporary graphic # Printing, Ravnikar Gallery collaboration with Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (Sl)
Last Christmas I gave you my Art, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (SI)

Milagro, O! Gallery, Porto & Lisbon (PT)

Jungle fever, O! Gallery, Porto & Lisbon (PT)
IV Illustration fair, Vodnikova domacija Siska, Ljubljana (Sl)

AIR4, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (Sl)



2017 

Something Ending, Something Beginning, Ravnikar Gallery, Ljubljana (Sl)

Genderbender, O! Gallery, Porto & Lisbon (PT)

UIVO, Forum Maia Illustration show, Maia (PT)
Women's day, Vodnikova domacija Siska, Ljubljana (Sl)



2016
Imaginary friends, O! Galeria, Porto (PT)

UIVO, Forum Maia Illustration show, Maia (PT)



2015 

Peep Show, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)

Summer time, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)
Butafix for adults, Drama, Ljubljana (Sl)
Last Christmas I gave you my heart, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)

2014 

Backstage, Objectos Misturados, Viana do Castelo (PT)
Love boat, O! Gallery, Porto (PT)



2013 

What the hell is Bootsbau, Bootsbau gallery, Berlin (DE)
Limites e Intercepcoes, Espaco Cultural SILO, Porto (PT)
Loose Holes, Les Jeux Interdits, International Queer festival, AXA, Porto (PT)
0 XX 20, Plano B, Porto (PT)
GNRation - creative festival, Ó! Laboratorio de Ilustracao, Braga (PT)
Zoo, O! Galeria, Porto (PT)

Dupla Face, Objectos misturados, Viana do Castelo (PT)



2012 

Fantomas, Hotel 555, Porto (PT)

Premi de pintura innternacional Guash Coranty, Centre d'Art de L'Hospitalet Tecla, Sala, Barcelona (ES)
Before we die, Galeria dos Leões, Porto (PT)



2011 

2nd Lessedra international painting & mixed media competition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia (BG)
Jamais Vista, Lofte, Porto (PT)
46th Golden Pen of Belgrade, Bienale of Illustration, Belgrade (RS)



2010 

9th Slovene Biennial of Illustration, Ljubljana (Sl)
3rd Croatian Biennial of Childrens Illustration, Zagreb (HR)



2009
45th Golden Pen of Belgrade, Bienale of Illustration, Belgrade (RS)
15 women for 15 years, Sititeater BTC, Ljubljana (Sl)
Reanimation - Maio Claro 2009, Hospital D.Lopo de Almeide, Porto (PT)
Ilustra_Underground, International exhibition in Illustration, Lisbon (PT)



2008 

Sentidos, Photo exhibition, Famalicão (PT)
Creaturas, Barra de Ferro, Barcelona (ES)



2007
2.m: Parallel practices,
Miklova hisa, Ribnica (Sl)

2006 

Normalnull project, Singing Bather, sound installation in Berlin subway, Berlin (DE)
VIDEOTAPETA 2 (video art) & MCVPLATA 2, MC Velenje, Velenje (Sl)
Sun's Walk, Trentino (IT)
Slovenian artists, cooperation with Martina Giuliatti, Bratislava (SK)
Leleopoz, cooperation with Martina Giuliatti, Theatre Glej, Ljubljana (Sl)
Woman Dialogue, Yerevan (AM)



2004

City of Women, Yerevan (AM)
Fresh, Gallery A+A, Venice (IT)
Fresh, Art Gallery Maribor (Sl)
Tango, video installation, Kodeljevo Castle, Ljubljana (Sl)



2003 

Atelje Clobb z gosti, No.14, Grohar Gallery, Skofja loka (Sl)
Od Skofje Loke do Prlekije, Anton Trstenjak Gallery, Ljutomer (Sl)
Museum of Cerklje, Cerkno (Sl)
Funky boy is dead, 7th international festival of computer art, Maribor (Sl)



2001 

Gallery outside, Makalonca, Ljubljana (Sl)
Sculpture exhibition, City house of Ljutomer, Ljutomer (Sl)



2000 

Sculpture exhibition, Art gallery Maribor, Rotovz, Maribor (Sl)








SELECTED WORKS


Love Letters Series, 2018 - 2022




Maja Babič Košir, 2022
How Soon is Now
Installation


Maja Babič Košir, 2022
This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Mixed Media on Paper





I Saw the Spark, 2022
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm



Description of Love, 2022
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm



My Dreams Have Return, 2022
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm










Neon Baby, 2021
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm


Fuck Jerry!, 2021
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm


Dance While You Can, 2022
Love Letters Series
90 x 70 cm






My Familiar Unfamiliar, 2022
Maja Babič Košir & Nevena Aleksovski
Dear Brother
Mixed Media on Paper
50 x 70 cm




Maja Babič Košir, 2020
Hard to Get
Love Letters Series
Mixed Media
40 x 60 cm