Franz Graf

Born 1954 in Tulln, Austria

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Born 1954 in Tulln, Austria

Lives and works in Vienna and Waldviertel region in Lower Austria (Austria)

Drawing has always been the major element in Franz Graf’s work. The use of language, and the combination of figurative elements and geometrical or ornamental forms add a poetic dimension to his work. With his unique creation of word and font design, he generates a completely independent pictorial language, based on strong contrasts. Through the skillful combination of different materials, associative room installations are created. Drawings, objects, and photographs combine to form a multi-layered whole. The classical medium is exceeded, by connecting drawing and painting, forming canvases into objects and objects into art. Not only is the connection with visual art essential in his work, music and language are also inherent in Graf’s oeuvre. 

After his studies at the University for Applied Arts Vienna in the class of Oswald Oberhuber, Franz Graf worked together with the artist Brigitte Kowanz from the late 70s until 1984. From 1997 until 2006, Graf was teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His works were exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions in Austrian institutions and abroad: Künstlerhaus Bregenz Austria, Wien Museum, Austria, 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria, 21er Haus/Belvedere Vienna, Austria, MAK, Vienna, Austria, 7. Biennale von Sydney, Australia (1988) and many others.

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