Omizje. Original oil on plexiglass, unknown year.
Jože Ciuha was a Slovenian painter, but he also wrote poetry and other writings. Ciuha worked with different medias like a watercolor, drawing, graphic, illustration, mosaic and tapestry. His work has been exhibited in several major international art institutions, many galleries, public buildings and numerous private collections including collection of the Moroccan king and the Japan emperor. He had traveled a lot (Western Europe, South and North America, South and Southeast Asia and wider) and during his journey he was influenced by many cultures. He has studied Buddhist art and philosophy, but the biggest influence we can see in his artworks is from the Byzantine art, reflected in Eastern letters and a rhythmic string of figures on the golden background. Much of his artwork contains irony and criticism of human mistakes and deficiency which he depict in the form of animals or a grotesque interpretation of the human figure. Omizje (eng. Table) is combination of those influences with letters from Christian writings and anthropomorphic flat figures with big open palms, which has many symbolic meanings in different Eastern cultures. Those figures are probably the prophets.