The Life of Elle

Herwig-Maria StarkViennaAustria

2019mixed media on canvas, acrylics, charcoal

60 x 60 cm

a moment out of the life of a woman

WOOCS 2.1.9

$ 4,745

1 in stock

HERWIG MARIA STARKThe Austrian artist began his education as a fashion designer in Vienna went thereafter to Italy where he attended Accademia Italiana Moda in Florence. Some years later he continued his art studies in New York and Germany. The wide range of perceptions coupled with experiences in foreign cultures enriched and expanded his vision of art that shapes his personal and distinctive style.In his expressionistic paintings he explores the inner life of man. The intensity of expression communication and psychological introspection of inner discomfort is manifested by his numerous portraits. Vigorous and determined are his portraits marked by strong characters are a reflection and vision of the human not indicated as an individual identity but as a collective identity. It seems that Herwig identifies and categorizes the emptiness in people with certain physiognomic features.His faces “etched” each with power on the canvas exactly defined to the point to transmute almost to spirits of their own: people with cheekbones like chiseled strong lips sunken eyes and a hard metallic look that captivates us; masks of a modern society observed with an almost cruel attention. Herwig shows us a society full of vices and weaknesses melancholy and agitation. The faces which impose themselves on the viewer almost with a penetrating glance mirages of a familiar intimacy that reveal the deep-rooted malaise of a generation or more generally reveal „the man in his essence.“ .They challenge us with indifference and fragility are magnets which we can hardly escape. They are creatures from a dark world covering their faces with nervous bashful lanky sinewy hands but the sinful blood-red nail polish discloses their sexual excesses. Women chic with an elegant hairstyle the long neck covered with translucent beads seduce with scarlet slightly parted lips. Other faces seem rather lost in thought and melancholy portrayed offish in the vast loneliness and sadness that accompanies them as lost souls in the world. Black and white wed in high contrast can detect the latent drama of our society today.Herwig portrays a chastening way a world of illusions of restless souls strong fragile desperate and lonely. With great empathy wisdom and the skill of an artist of undisputed talent the inner life of humanity is manifested.(Dr. Barbara Vincenzi)EDUCATIONBorn in Salzburg Austria 1985 – 1989 Fashion school: „Modeschule der Stadt Wien im Schloß Hetzendorf“ Vienna Austria 1989 – 1990 A.I.M. Accademia Italiana Moda Florence Italy 2000 – Studies of painting at Irina Nakhova New York USA 2002 – Studies of painting at Akademie der bildenden Künste Professor Franz Graf Vienna Austria 2007 – Studies of „Techniques of the OLD MASTERS“ at „Faber Castell Academy“ Nürnberg Germany 2009 – Studies of “Techniques of the OLD ITALIAN MASTERS” at Angel Ramiro Sanchez Florence Academy of Art Florence ItalyAWARDS2017 – Finalist PREMIO MARCHIONNI 2017 Sardinia Italy 2014 – IBAM 2014 Award Nina Torres Fine Art Miami USA 2009 – ART ON WEB 2008/2009 COMPETITION the artwork „The doll“ was awarded with the 1st prize by the jury of the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte Venice Italy 2006 – 2. HENKEL – Award of the Jury BIENNALE AUSTRIA 2006 Hüttenberg Austria 2005 – Premio Lorenzo Il Magnifico Città di Firenze award Biennale Internazionale dell‘ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze 2005″ Firenze Italy 1996 – Award for the Best Men´s Collection 1996 by the Ministry of Science Research and Culture Vienna Austria 1990 – International Designdiploma A.I.M. Accademia Italiana Moda Firenze ItalyCURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPSBIENNALE AUSTRIA – Verein zur Förderung zeitgenössischer KünstlerInnen Vienna Austria CONCILIO EUROPEO DELL’ARTE Venice Italy UNIONE CATOLICA ARTISTI ITALIANI ItalySELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONSMUSEO MAGMMA Villacidro Sardinia Italy JAN KOSSEN FOUNDATION New York USA FONDAZIONE OPERA CAMPANA DEI CADUTI Rovereto Italy VAN ABBE MUSEUM Eindhoven Netherlands PAUL GETTY FOUNDATION Siena Italy TRIERENBERG ART Traun AustriaSELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONSWilliam Braemer USA Nina Torres USA Alexander Graf von Aichelburg Austria Roubal private collection AustriaAUCTIONS2006 – Auction by ARTWARE for the benefit of „Licht für die Welt“ 2005 – Auction by the DOROTHEUM -VIENNA for the benefit of „Licht für die Welt“ 2005 – Auction by KUNSTAUKTION IM PALAIS KINSKI for the benefit of a children hospital in Kiew 2005 – Auction by „CHANGE BY CHANGE“ – for the benefit of the „Womans Cooperation International“ Sri Lanka 1998 – Auction of 35 larger- than- life sculptures by the DOROTHEUM-VIENNA for the benefit of the „Aidshilfe Wien“ Vienna

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