Andreas Urteil

(Gakovo/Jugoslawien 1933 - 1963 Wien)
The Austrian sculptor and draftsman of German-Yugoslav origin was born on 19 January 1933 as the son of a stonemason in Gakovo in the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia (now Serbia). Andreas Urteil ranks among the most important artists of the avant-garde of the Austrian sculpture of the 50s and early 60s. Urteil dies after a severe illness on July 13, 1963 in Vienna.
Andreas Urteil works from 1947 as an autodidact sculptor for two years before starting a traineeship as stonecutter at the company Eduard Hauser in Vienna. During that time he also occupies the art class at the Viennese Volkshochschule. In 1951 he began his studies in the Masterclass of Fritz Wotruba at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. During study trips to Italy he explores the art of Renaissance and Classical Antiquity, which serve as an inspiration for his early works. In 1958 his spontaneous "imaginary figurations" emerged and he began to develop his own style, which led him to destroy his works of classical sculpture. From 1961 he teaches as a professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. At the end of the 1950s he became famous outside the borders of Austria. He exhibits in the Vienna Secession, the Vienna Museum of the 20th Century, the Berlin School of Fine Arts and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. In 1962 Andreas Urteil isawarded the Austrian State Prize for Sculpture. His sculptures are shown posthumously at the documenta III in Kassel in 1964 and at the world exhibitions in New York, Montreal and Cologne.

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