Janez Bernik was a Slovenian painter and academician. He was born in 1933 in Gunclje near Ljubljana. He graduated in painting with prof. Maksim Sedej at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he also attended a painting specialty. He specialized in graphics with professors Božidar Jakac and Riko Debenjak. He worked as a freelance artist and as a professor of drawing and painting at the ALU in Ljubljana. He had more than 60 solo exhibitions, among them in Slovenia, Yugoslavia, Milan, Paris, Berlin, New York and Venice.
He is the recipient of the Prešeren Fund award for painting and graphics, Jakopič Prize for painting, Prešeren prizes, State Decoration the golden honorary sign of freedom of the Republic Slovenia, the Herder Prize and the gold medal for painting in Rome. In his time, graphic art was at the peak of popularity, and Bernik's mastery was recognized internationally. He published three poetry collections, namely: “Črte = Crte = Die Linien = Lines : drawings and poems”, “Nobody came to dinner” and “How great is the day”. He died in Prebold in 2016.