Ernst Fuchs

(1930 - Wien - 2015)
Ernst Fuchs was born in 1930 as the only child of Maximilian and Leopoldine Fuchs in Vienna. He is a painter, sculptor, musician, graphic artist, author and philosopher. He is also a co-founder of the "Viennese School of Fantastic Realism". Beings are characterized by religious and mystical content. In his early work he is based on painting, later he records records, designs decorations for buildings and creates stage pictures for operas and plays. He has a strong friendship with Arno Breker and Salvador Dalí.
Due to the Jewish origin of his father and the concomitant hostility of the national socialists, the 12-year-old Ernst Fuchs was baptized Roman-Catholic by Ernst Peter Paul Fuchs, after his former example, Peter Paul Rubens. Since he can not attend school for racist reasons, he receives private lessons. He received the first artistic training from Alois Schiemann, Emmy Steinböck and Fritz Fröhlich. After the war 1946 he enrolled at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna and studied with Robin Andersen and Albert Paris Gütersloh. In 1950 he moved to Paris, where he traveled to America, Italy, Spain and England. During this period he also goes to Israel for a year, where he works on his biggest painting. In 1962 he returned to Vienna, where he received a professorship. Together with his colleagues Wolfgang Hutter, Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner and Anton Lehmden, he is one of the founders of the "Wiener Schule der Phantastische Moderne". He succeeds in the artistic breakthrough with new themes, permeated with eros and myth. Several monumental works are created. For his new wife he also designs several pieces of furniture, architecture and jewelery. He bought the Otto Wagner Villa in 1972 and has it restored. In it he opens his studio, with a specially designed interior. Fuchs himself, however, is much abroad, creates stage sets in Hamburg and Munich, works in Italian foundries on his small figures "Sphinx" and "Janus" and creates pastels, watercolors and drawings during his travels. In 1989, he began his work on the Apocalypse Chapel in Klagenfurt, which he was completing for 20 years. He receives several awards during his lifetime, including the honorary mark for services to the Land of Vienna and the City of Vienna Prize for Fine Arts. In 2015 he died in Vienna at the age of 85.

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Art Salzburg 2017
5. - 27. August 2017