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Ivan Novotný (1958) - Biography

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The worst of socialism are its consequences

Ivan Novotný was born on January 12, 1958 in Bohemia. He studied artistic blacksmithing in Kremnica. In years 1977 - 1979 after unsuccessful attempts to enroll at a university he worked as a graphic artist at the District Educational Centre in Topoľčany. Subsequently he attended the compulsory military service in Prešov. Afterwards he settled in Košice and worked as a designer in Regional Promotional Centre Zdroj. In years 1984 - 1986 he worked as an artistic blacksmith and yet in 1986 he was accepted to study at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (VŠUP) at the atelier of applied sculpture. Shortly before the Velvet Revolution Novotný as a Chairman of the Socialist Youth Union submitted a motion for its dissolution, which was approved.  Few days later, during the Velvet Revolution, he was active in VŠUP occupation, which lasted for one whole semester. After the November 1989 he lectured at the Prešov University and Technical University of Košice, where he works until present. He has no children and lives in Nižný Klátov.

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