23. September - 11. November 2010
Tomato Košir was born in Kranj on 14 June 1978. He graduated from the Secondary School of Design and Photography in Ljubljana in 1997 (having specialised in graphic design) and in 2002 graduated from the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Art and Design at the University of Ljubljana as a Zois Scholar. While a student he received a Student Prešeren Award for his third-year seminar work. In 1996 he took part in a public competition organised by the Bank of Slovenia to design commemorative coins to mark the 150th anniversary of the first railway in Slovenia. His design for the 500-tolar silver coin was selected and he was awarded second prize. He gained his first agency experience at Studio Marketing and, between 1998 and 2001, at the Formitas agency. In April 2000 he won first prize in two categories at the Magdalena Festival of Visual Communications in Maribor.
In 2001 he was selected via an internal competition at the Department of Design to design the corporate identity of the Ministry of Culture. That same year, as part of a group of five students, he won a Certificate of Typographic Excellence in the student category from the Type Directors Club of New York. In 2006 he won the most beautiful book award in the reference book category at the 21st Slovene Book Fair in Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, while a year later he received the Brumen Award for the best work in the books and collections category at the 3rd Slovene Biennial of Visual Messages. His works have been exhibited both in Slovenia and abroad at 44 group exhibitions of graphic design. He is the founder of the "CGP Secret Society", an "asylum for committed students and disowned assistants of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design".