Posts Tagged ‘austria’

Artist of the moment…….Franz Bischoff



Franz Bischoff was an American Impressionist painter renown for his landscape paintings of California. Franz Bischoff was born in Steinchönau, Austria in the year 1864. Bischoff emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager.

As a youngster Bishoff learned about design and how to paint with watercolor.

In this clip a great montage of works by the artist:

Bischoff had an excellent sense of design and built a great reputation for porcelain painting. He even taught the technique to other artists.

The artist relocated to Los Angeles, California in 1906. It was in California that he produced the best paintings of his career. He spent much time living in Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Franz Bischoff passed away in 1929.

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $850,000. The artist worked mainly in oils and ceramics.


Artist of the moment………….Otto Zitko



Otto Zitko is a contemporary abstract painter. Otto Zitko was born in Linz, Austria in the year 1959. Zitko attended the University of the Applied Arts located in Vienna, Austria.

In this clip we view some works by Otto Zitko. These begin at the 28 second mark of the clip.

The artist is now based out of Vienna, Austria.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Zitko works in oils, acrylics, charcoal, and mixed media.

Below a link to the website of the artist:

The artist reminds of Cy Twombly, another artist famous for his scribbles! James Nares, the British artist renown for his use of line, also comes to mind when viewing the work of Otto Zitko.




Artist of the moment……….Nychos



Nychos is a fantastic street artist from Austria renown for his style of painting sliced 3d images of his subjects. Nychos was born in Styrios, Austria in the  year 1982. His family enjoyed hunting and this influenced his style of art.

He one was bitten by a boar, then hours later ate boar meat. As his family was full of avid hunters, from a young age he was observing cut up and dissected animals. Nychos was NOT dismayed by seeing the insides of creatures, rather he was fascinated by it.

In this clip we view some great drawings and sketches of Nychos:

Below a link to the Tumbr website of Nychos:

Below we view a great clip showing some works by Nychos from 2013:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Nychos appeared at Art Basel Miami in 2014.

What a unique style the artist has created. I am really fond of his creations with the Disney characters!


Art on the slopes……

of Austria! I usually mute the commercials when I watch television but this morning saw a wonderful clip. It involves professional alpine skier Marcel Hircher as he went downhill on a course that used poles laden with color that explodes when touched by the skier. The imagery is sensational! The idea was funded by Red Bull:


Artist of the moment…….Zenita Komad


Zenita Komad is a contemporary artist from Austria working in a modern style. Zenita Komad was born in Austria in the year 1980. Komad is a painter and photographer.

The artist often adds text or a form of dimensionality to her artwork.

Komad attended the Academy of Fine Art and the University of Applied Art located in Austria.

The artist is based out of Vienna, Austria.

The artist is part of collections in Europe, South Korea, and the United States.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below we visit a gallery show from 2008 featuring the work of Zenita Komad. Her installations are very large and playful and remind me of American artist Jeff Koons:

Komad is a great example of a modern Pop artist.


Artist of the moment………..Maria Lassnig

Maria Lassnig was an Austrian artist renown for her self portraits. Maria Lassnig was born in Kappel am Krappfeld, Austria in the year 1919. Lassnig worked as a painter and also a filmmaker.

Lassnig attended the Academy of Art located in Vienna, Austria. She also studied later at the School of Visual Arts located in New York City.

She began as an abstract expressionist painter, as that was one of the most popular art movements when her career began.

Below we visit a retrospective that took place for the Lassnig in New York City:

Maria Lassnig passed away earlier this year in May at the age of 94 years old.

Lassnig is part of many prominent collections including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: Lassnig worked in watercolor, acrylics, oils, and produced many etchings and screenprints. Prints can be found between $4,000 and 10,000. Originals can bring as much as $300,000.

Lassnig had a very unique idea of painting the figure and especially self portraits. What I enjoy most about Lassnig to explore and conquer different ideas and techniques of painting. I wondered if Georgia O’Keefe ever painted any self portraits in such a unique manner.


Artist of the moment……..Zaha Hadid



Zaha Hadid is a wonderful contemporary architect and sculpture artist that has created many well known buildings around the world. Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq  in the yar 1950.

Hadid attended colleges in Lebanon and the United Kingdom where she studied architecture and math.

Zaha Hadid has won many awards for architectural work including the Pritzker Award. This prize is given to the best architect living or dead since 1979. Hadid has been the only female to win this prestigious award.

Price range information: Works in acrylics and lithographs start at $3,000 up to larger works made of glass which can reach $100,000.

In this clip we view buildings and projects created by Zaha Hadid:

The artist has also taught at the collegiate level at Harvard Graduate School.

Here Hadid gives her thoughts and ideas on the creative process involved in architecture:

Hadid now teaches in Austria at the collegiate level and runs her own design firm which employs between 300 and 400 people.

What a great story! We can only hope that the violence ends soon so that Hadid’s designs can be seen all over the Iraqi skyline.


Artist of the moment…….Wolgang Paalen


Wolfgang Paalen was born in Vienna, Austria in 1905. Paalen was associated with both the abstract expressionist and Surrealist movements.

His father was an inventor and his mother a leading actress. The family always lived in a beautiful living space including a castle whilst the family lived in Germany.

Paalen studied with painter Fernand Leger.

Paalen married an artist and author named Alice Rahon. She will be the next entry! Rahon was a minimalist and modernist painter.

The artist was inspired to move to Mexico by the famous artist Frida Kahlo. At this stage of his life the artist was working in the Surrealist style. The artist also painted in San Francisco, California. He would later lose his friendship with Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera over their political beliefs.

The artist worked with ink and oils as his favorite mediums.


In this clip we view an abstract work by Paalen. The close ups are wonderful to see how much color the artist uses:

Wolfgang Paalen committed suicide in 1959 at the age of 54 years old.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

I enjoy his type of Surrealism. Paalen created very unique shapes and gives the viewer a feeling of being in outer space, or at least a world far different from earth.



Artist of the moment……Furniture Designer Paul T. Frankl


Paul T. Frankl was born in Vienna, Austria in the year 1886. Frankl was a furniture designer whose most famous series was his skyscraper series, the first picture in the gallery is a great example of a work in this series. Each desk was made to look like a very large urban building. This design was in the mid 1920s, Paul Frankl was one of the first Modernist Interior Designers.

Frankl arrived in the United States in 1914.

In this clip a discussion on cork as part of shoes and furniture from Daniella on Design. The section featuring Paul Frankl begins at around 1:55 into the clip:

In this clip a brief look at a desk produced by Paul T. Frankl:

His family made their fortune in real estate.

For his collegiate education Frankl studied architecture at the Berlin Polytechnic located in Berlin, Germany.

At his peak the artist ran two very successful home furnishings stores and galleries in New York City and Los Angeles, California.

Frankl was part of the teaching faculty at the Chouinard Institute located in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California.

Paul Frankl passed away in 1958 at the age of 71 years of age.

Frankl had a daughter that went on to a successful writing career.

Price range information: Most pieces and sets priced between $3,000 to $20,000.

What an innovative artist who helped change the way people think about furniture, Frankl made it a work of art!




Artist of the moment…..photographer Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas was a world renown photographer born in Vienna, Austria in the year 1921. Haas began his collegiate career with the idea of working in the field of medicine and healthcare. Haas would eventually switch his major to photography. The last image is a photograph of Ernst Haas himself.

Haas worked in a private photography studio from 1943 to 1945.

Haas joined Magnum photography in 1949.

Haas worked as lead photographer for many magazines including Vogue and Life. In addition to his work in commercial photography Ernst Haas also worked in the film industry. Haas has some credits on the IMBD, the international movie data base. Some films he worked on include Heaven’s Gate, the Little Bigman, the Believer’s, and Quest on Fire.

Ernst Haas passed away after having a stroke in 1986, Haas was 65 years old at the time.

In addition to being one of the first artists to use color photography and to experiment with abstracted light patterns such as his skyline shots of New York City. This is my favorite image by Ernst Haas. Its an abstracted image of night lights of New York City. I enjoy the energy of this image!


Haas was also noted for his use of motion and blurred photography. An example of this “blurred lines” style with a bull fighter is shown below.


Price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $20,000.

In this clip the son of the artist named Alex Haas is interviewed about his father’s photography work:

In this clip a brief montage of works by Ernst Haas:

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