I KEEP SAYING THAT I COULD
PAINT STORIES FOR 1OO YEARS...
as a result of my
and professional life ; )
1) New Art International, volume VIII, 2003-2004 (pages 118-119),
volume IX, 2005-2006 (page 101)
volume XI, 2006-2007 (page 140)
Book Art Press, New York
Direct Art, Fall-Winter 2004 (page 73)
Collectors’ Guide, (Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque) 2007-2008 (page 247)
100 Santa Fe Etchers, published by Bell Tower Editions 2008, (pages 172-173)
New Mexico Wax, New Mexico Encaustic Artists (copyright Blurb Inc., 2009)
Psychiatric Times, Oct. 2009, page 32, 34
A Published Gallery, (book) 2009, edited by Sonja-JadeLilly
Modernart and Artmedicine, by Gallery Dikmayer, Berlin, Germany, 5 volumes 2010, 2011.
Acrylic Illuminations (book) by Nancy Reyner, Northlight Books, 2013, page 109
The themes of my paintings come out of my experience as a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist and from my social and political worldviews. They also come from my baroque Catholic childhood in Austria with its mystery and fairytales, and the cultural experience of being a European in America I like to tell stories with my paintings which are whimsical, tragicomical, grotesque, and about abnormal, surrealist mental conditions. They celebrate metamorphoses and transcendence both in figurative and abstract form.
I use various media, such as acrylics, oils, egg tempera, pastels, ink, encaustic, and printing techniques.
The strongest influence on my art comes from the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism, such as Ernst Fuchs, Friedrich Hundertwasser, and from the early 20th century artists Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Paul Klee, and German expressionists. I am constantly learning from contemporary American artists.
Born and raised in post-World War II Vienna, Austria, I attended medical school in Vienna, which, lucky for me, turned out to be the second best art school in town. Our professors made us copy human anatomy from huge blackboards throughout medical school. After graduation I specialized in Pathology and came to the USA on a fellowship to Stanford University. After a second residency training in psychiatry I worked as clinical professor of psychiatry at the Univ. of Ca in Los Angeles (UCLA) and for the County of Los. Angeles. I started painting relatively late in life while attending a private art school in Los Angeles. Nevertheless I have produced a large body of work and exhibited in numerous galleries both in solo and in group shows, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the San Bernardino County Museum, at the BGH Gallery (now James Grey Gallery) in Santa Monica, the Ojai Center for the Arts, the Whitney Young Cultural Center in San Francisco, the Infusion Gallery in Los Angeles, the Amsterdam Whitney and Jadite Galleries in New York City, Icon Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, Dikmayer Gallery in Berlin, Germany, the Maryland. Federation of Art in Baltimore, MA, Dartmouth Street Gallery in Albuquerque, Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, the Art Museum in Las Cruces, NM, and Santa Fe Fine Art Brokerage, Santa Fe, NM, SCA Contemporary Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, New Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, Harwood Art Space, Albuquerque, Arthaus 66 in Albuquerque, Artichoke Cafe in Albuquerque, Verb Gallery (exists no longer), Albuquerque, Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL, Mills Pond Gallery in St. James, NY, Icon Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR and many more>