Gottfried Helnwein

Gottfried Helnwein is an Austrian-Irish fine artist, photographer, painter, installation and performance artist.

Helnwein began his artistic journey as a student at the University of Visual Art in Vienna and was awarded the Master-class prize of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the Theodor-Körner prize.

His early works  consist mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded children and performances in public spaces. Helnwein’s work is focused primarily on psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. because of this orientation, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.

Another highly important element in his work are comics. Helnwein was growing up in destructed post-war Vienna and as he stated in an interview, his life changed when his father brought him his first Donald Duck comic book. he felt that he found the place he belongs to.  

Helnwein is also known for his self-portraits, holocaust  referenced photography, stage and costume designs for theater, ballet and opera productions.  

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One Response to “Gottfried Helnwein”

  1. nice introduction!

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