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Friedensreich Hundertwasser

Visual Artist from New Zealand,Austria

Friedensreich Hundertwasser Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian artist (who later took on New Zealand citizenship). Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century. Hundertwasser's father Ernst Stowasser died three months after Hundertwasser's first birthday. The Second World War was a hard time for Hundertwasser and his mother Elsa, as she was Jewish. They avoided persecution by posing as Christians, a credible ruse because Hundertwasser's father had been a Catholic. To remain inconspicuous, Hundertwasser joined the Hitler Youth. Hundertwasser developed artistic skills early on. After the war, he spent three months at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. At this time he began to sign his art as Hundertwasser instead of Stowasser. He left to travel, using a small set of paints he carried at all times to sketch anything that caught his eye. In Florence he met the young French painter René Brô for the first time; they became lifelong friends. Hundertwasser's first commercial painting success was in 1952-3 with an exhibition in Vienna. His  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Friedrich Stowasser,Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser,Fritz Stowasser
Date of birth
1928-12-15
Place of birth
Vienna
Nationality
New Zealand,Austria
Parents
Elsa Stowasser, Ernst Stowasser
Spouse(s)
Herta Leitner Yuko Ikewada
Profession
Architect, Artist

Education

Institution From To
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Death

Date of death
2000-02-19
Cause of death
Heart failure
Place of death
Pacific Ocean

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