Radovan Jenko was born in Celje in 1955. In June 1981 he graduated from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Department for Graphic Arts. After completing his studies, he worked at Aero Design in Celje, where he stayed until 1986, when he obtained the status of a freelancer, which he kept until 1998. In 1991 he started to teach at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, where he has been employed since 1998, holding the position of full professor since 2004. Since 2012 he has been a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).
He is involved in the design of visual communications, with an emphasis on illustration. He is the author of the book Visual Thinking (Sanje Publishing, 1999); publications Posters, Affiches, LaLook Editions, 2005 and The Shape of the Atmosphere, LaLook Editions, 2012. His texts have been published in several specialist journals and he has received a number of awards for his work, including the Silver Medal at the Toyama Poster Triennial, 2012; the First Prize at ZGRAF 2012, Croatia; six Brumen Awards at the Biennials of Slovenian Visual Communications between 2005 and 2013; the First Prize at the Triennial of Ecological Posters in Kharkov, Ukraine; the Silver Cube at the ADC New York, 1991; Golden Bird in 1982; and the Prešeren Fund Award in 1991.
On several occasions he was a member of international juries at biennials and triennials around the world; in 2013 and 2008, he was a member of the international jury at L’Academie Julian ESAG Penninghen, Paris, France. As a mentor he was involved in, and ran, study projects, including Independent, Unaddicted (dealing with the problems of drug addiction) and Message in a Bottle (dealing with the problems of, and information about, drinking alcohol). In 2013 he was a mentor at a student workshop at École Íntuit Lab in Aix en Provence, France.
His artworks (posters) are included in the permanent exhibitions of various institutions: Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, Germany; Dansk Plakatmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany; Poster Museum at Wilanów, Warsaw, Poland; Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; MoMA, New York, USA; Kiev, Ukraine; etc.
In November 2012 he was one of the six authors invited to participate at the exhibition (North-South-East-West) at Mois du graphisme d’Echirolless, France. In 2013 the French Ministry of Culture invited him to participate at the exhibition “Paris Invites the World” by producing a poster entitled “Paris is Celebrating”.
In 2003, together with a group of colleagues, Radovan Jenko established the Brumen Foundation (a non-profit foundation for the promotion of design, which has so far successfully organised six Biennials of Slovenian Visual Communications). In 2009 he also founded the Poster Festival Ljubljana, having been its artistic director, focusing on student workshops.