Sivas, kleine Paradiese
born in Vienna in 1960
Childhood and youth in the city of Wr. Neustadt, near Vienna.
Since the age of 7 regular education in painting and photography from father Alfred, an art teacher, gallerist and painter in the at that time upcoming Vienna school of phantastic realism.
Lives and works together with his wife Grethe Bjerring in Kamilari/ Crete, Wr. Neustadt/Austria and Surdesti/Romania.
1987 -1995 Several study visits to various countries of the Eastern block and the former Ussr.
Starting of a joint venture enterprise dealing in minerals in cooperation with the Fersman Museum/ Moscow.
Further studies of art, art history, art restauration and photography in Budapest/Hungary.
Varoius photo trips to Greece, Egypt, Scandinavia, and the USA.
Public lectures in the Vienna area about the landscapes of the American South West.
1996 – first single photo exhibition in Tokaj/Hungary.
2000 Single exhibition „The moment of harmony“ in the Romanian Embassy in Vienna, and founding of the Romanian based international photo group „7 zile“. Several group exhibitions in Romania and abroad ever since.
2003 staring of photoproject „patterns of Crete“, an open work in progress, visually mapping the special character of the island, together with Grethe Bjerring, Renate La Grange, Walter H. Müller and Moires based Greek photographer Jorgos Rouvakis.
2007 first single photoexhibition in Crete in the Art Cafe „Figaro“ in Rethymnon.
2008 Together with „7Zile“ publication of photobook,
„7- zile /7 years in Maramures“, edition Humanitas/Bucharest. Begin of public lectures ( Sibiu/ Romania ) and photo workshops about landscape
2013 Participation at international art camp „United Colours of Maramures“ in Ocna Sugatag, Romania
2014 start of publishing the annual
„Kamilari Photocalender“ on a regular basis.
2016 Organisation of first group exhibition „ Patterns“ in Crete together with Grethe Bjerring, Renate la Grange and Walter Müller in the House of Culture in Rethymnon.
2017 Organisation of group exhibition „Timeless“ in the Archaeological Museum in Patras/ Peloponnes.
Selected works in various private collections and museums (Museum of fine arts Baia Mare/Romania, Hartlauer Photogalerie/Linz Austria etc.)
2018 October: Solo -exhibition „Crete-into the Blue“ in the village Houdetsi/Crete, Taverna “Semeli”, directly at the famous “Labyrinth”-estate of Ross Daly, housing the annual musical festival and workshops.
2019 March to June: Organisation and development of a series of art-events in the city of Wiener Neustadt, Austria with guided tours, public screenings of a slideshow and presentation of the album “#Ingerlbegegnen” in memory of the famous Austrian painter, sculptor and graphic artist Kurt Ingerl.
2019 September 9-29: Photoexhibition “Gardens in the Labyrinth” – Crete: myths, paradieses, solitudes” ,together with Walter Müller in the “Blau Gelbe Viertelsgalerie - Schloss Fischau, Bad Fischau-Brunn, Austria Photoseries: “Little Paradises”
Travelling around Crete I was always especially touched by these so carefully arranged courtyards and little gardens around the entrance of private houses. They reflect for me the desire of creating a kind of personal paradise, expression of the desire for an ideal world, for beauty and harmony. They are often created with minimum resources and slender means, but always as an alternative world to the everyday life in order to build some kind of a “small paradise” in its best sense, following the imagination of its historic origin as a walled or fenced garden (oldpersian:“pairi-daeza”- fenced plot ) a place to recreate, socialise and enjoy.
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