"A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one's thoughts change. And when it is finished, it still goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it." – Pablo Picasso
“Born in 1956 in Eisenstadt, Austria I was painting during all my youth. After my study at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, I worked as a graphic designer. In 1986, I founded my own advertising agency. After 35 years in advertising, I turned back to being an artist in 2009 and now live and work most of the year in Mallorca. Beneath intensive working with famous art teachers and artists, I developed as an autodidact.
I start my paintings without an idea, without intention. Guided by impulses, images are created from spontaneous brushstrokes that often remain in this form. Others experience change - diffuses become concrete, concrete abstract. An accent in a complementary color or a meditative Zen line finalizes the image after usually long pauses in processing and critical considerations. Often I calm the picture with white so that only more fragments remain, but the layers underneath can be guessed. Many of my paintings are inspired by the colors of my favorite island Mallorca, the special light, the blue sea and the ferrous terra rossa.
For me, painting means dealing with my innermost self: with feelings, doubts, longings and the complexity of my personality. I fight for the courage to follow my innermost self, which is always looking for something new and does not want to remain faithful to any style, only to myself.
I would like to give the viewer the opportunity to search for traces and to find his individual associations and interpretations. Usually, without a title, my paintings, therefore, do not indicate any associations. I feel lucky when my pictures become mediators of the unspeakable in conversation with the viewer.
In the last years, I had solo exhibitions in Austria and Mallorca and had been part of group exhibitions in Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Mallorca/Spain and China.”
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist