After studying under the sculptor Alojzij Repič at the Arts and Crafts School in Ljubljana, Lojze Dolinar continued his training at the academies in Vienna (1910/1911) and Munich (1912/1913). He was called up to serve in the army during the First World War. In 1920 he spent a few months in New York. He later travelled around Italy and spent some time in Paris. In 1932 he moved to Belgrade, where in 1949 he was appointed a full professor of sculpture at the Academy of Arts.
In 1923 Lojze Dolinar sculpted a marble portrait bust of the politician and Ljubljana mayor Ivan Hribar (1896–1910), who was also a poet, translator, writer and patron of the arts. During his time as mayor, Ivan Hribar pushed strongly for the establishment of an art gallery. The idea of creating a home for Slovene art began to take effect with annual acquisitions of works of art, after Hribar had persuaded the city council to set aside a sum of money for this purpose in the annual budget. As a result, beginning in 1907, a city art collection began to be formed, with the mayor himself donating a large number of works. In 1922, when acting as provincial governor, Hribar earmarked the sum of 250,000 dinars for a purpose-built gallery building.
Dolinar’s stone bust of Hribar is roughly worked, but the face with goatee, moustache and pince-nez expresses the subject’s seriousness, self-confidence, prudence and austerity.