Vincent Polakovič was born on November 19, 1958 in Poprad. He and his wife Katarína have two
children, Vincent and Veronika. Upon completion of his studies at the Faculty of Law
at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice in 1982, he worked at the District Attorney’s Office
in Poprad. He later went on to work as an attorney from 1991 to 2003.
However, in the summer of 1990 he set out on a journey in which he and his friends traced the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh. This trip inspired him to build the legendary Žltý dom Vincenta van Gogha (The Yellow House of Vincent van Gogh) in Poprad which was opened to the public on September 11, 1993, and was the home of several exhibitions of Slovak painters and sculptors. Thanks to these exhibitions, he regularly presented such works abroad.
In 1994 he met Gerard Meulensteen in the Netherlands, and in 1999 they launched the construction of the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Slovakia’s first private museum of modern art which opened on September 9, 2000. This event also signaled an end to the activities of the Yellow House gallery. Vincent Polakovič has been the director of the Danubiana since its opening.
In 2000 he received the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic Award for the successful completion of this project. As director of the Danubiana, he has organized (independently, and in cooperation with art collectors, selected curators, museums and domestic and foreign cultural institutions) over 150 exhibitions of domestic and foreign artists. He is also the author and co-author of over twenty books on art and many fine art catalogues.
In September 2014, Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria, conferred upon him the highest Austrian state decoration, the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, for the promotion of Austrian art in Slovakia. In 2018 he was similarly awarded by the Minister of Human Ressources of the Republic of Hungary, Zoltán Balog, who conferred upon him the Pro Cultura Hungarica award for his work in the field of culture and especially the promotion of Hungarian art in Slovakia.
Nowadays, in addition to managing the museum, organizing exhibitions, acquiring artwork for the permanent collection and publishing books on artists, he and the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization are preparing another extension of the museum which will house the Pavilion of Contemporary Art dedicated to young artists. It is expected to be completed in 2020.