GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN was born in VIENNA, austria, in 1948. after his studies at the academy of art in vienna he became a masterclass student of the ‘magic realist’ RUDOLF HAUSER. helnwein’s first hyper-realistic paintings were successful very early in numerous exhibitions. the end of the seventies he created commissioned works for the mass media, what enabled him to address a broader public outside the art-world. after some years in germany helnwein moved to ireland in 1997 where he lives and works in a castle in county tipperary. he is not only well known for his paintings, he works as a photographer and stage designer for theatre, ballet and opera as well. following a few of his novel-illustrations for the german magazine STERN in the early eighties.
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