Born and raised in post World War II Vienna, Austria, I attended Medical School at the University of Vienna, which, lucky for me, turned out to be the “second best art school in town”. Our professors made us copy human anatomy and pathology from huge blackboards throughout Medical School. After graduation I specialized in Anatomic Pathology which demands good manual talents and recognition of visual patterns. In 1976 I received a fellowship to Stanford University in California. I decided to stay in CA and do a second residency training in psychiatry, something which I had always wanted to do. I ended up working for the State of CA and the County of Los Angeles for indigent patients, and also as an assistant clinical professor at the University of CA in Los Angeles. Later in life I was finally able to attend a private art school in Los Angeles and had my first art exhibitions there which gave me the courage to continue painting. In 2002 I moved to Santa Fe where I attended the
Community College for several years and had the good luck to learn from some of the finest artists in St. Fe. I continued having art shows in New Mexico, Los Angeles, New York, and Berlin (Germany) and now in Albuquerque where I have lived since 2012.
The Themes of my paintings come out of my experience as a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist and from my social and political worlviews, as well as from my baroque-Catholic upbringing in Vienna, Austria, from the fairytales of my childhood, and the cultural experience of a European in America.
The strongest influence on my art comes from the Viennese School of Fantastic Realism and from Friedrich Hundertwasser, from surrealism, German expressionism, Gustav Klimt, and some young contemporary New York artists.
I like to tell stories with my paintings, which often turn out to be whimsical, tragicomical, grotesque, about abnormal, surrealist mental conditions, celebrating metamorphoses and transformations, human suffering and dissolution. Many themes are about aging, disappearance of organic and inorganic forms and their reappearance in altered shapes. For that reason I like to paint in multiple layers and sometimes overpaint everything in the end.
I used to paint mostly figuratively in oil, acrylic, and pastels. In the last years I have been painting more abstract and egg tempera which is a medium that takes a lot of patience. I also experiment with printmaking, encausticwork, tonal charcoal, and ink.