Janez Lenassi was born in 1927 in Opatija. After completing his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana, he completed his special studies in 1956. In the period 1964-1969, he continued his studies in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. In 1959 he participated in the first symposium of sculptors in St. Margarethn in Austria. Two years later, together with the sculptor Jakob Savinšek, he was the initiator and organizer of the Slovenian symposium Forma Viva. In more than fifty years of artistic activity, he has created an extensive sculptural opus of small sculptures and monuments and other public realizations, among which stand out symposium sculptures, mostly created abroad. He has always complemented his plastic work with activities in related artistic fields, such as the art equipment of publications and theater (scenography), and his active participation in working with young people is also significant. He has been awarded several times for his work (Prešeren Fund Award, 1966; Jakopič Award, 1981). He lived and worked in Piran, where he died in 2008.