sabato 23 luglio 2016

Matthias Laurenz Gräff (born Matthias-Laurenz Gräff; 19 July 1984) Austrian painter

Matthias Laurenz Gräff

 Matthias Laurenz Gräff (born Matthias-Laurenz Gräff; 19 July 1984) is an Austrian painter.

 

Biography

Early life

 

Gräff's father, Helmuth Gräff is an academic painter, his mother, Martina Maria (née Gach), works as an art professor at Vienna's Sacre Coeur. Gräff's maternal grandfather was architect Richard Gach (1930–1991).
Gräff has drawn thousands of artworks in his father's studio and kept practising until the age of 17 where he began to study at the private New Design University St. Pölten. He studied at the summer academy of Geras by Prof. Bernhard Hollemann (2001–04) and Prof. Arthur Redhead (2003–04). From 2002-08 he and Stylianos Schicho studied at Wolfgang Herzig's masterclass of painting at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Since 2008, Gräff has been self-employed as an academic painter. He lives and works in Gars am Kamp.
In 2010, at the 64th annual fair of St Pöltens Künstlerbund (Art union), he received the "Adolf Peschek Preis" (Adolf Peschek Public Award) in the Museum of the City of St. Pölten. Gräff was a member of the Austrian Red Cross since 2008 and an officer since 2011.
In 2012 Gräff created the painting for the vine etiquette of the Red Cross in Lower Austria. The following year, 2013, he organized a concert by the Mojo Blues Band in his own hometown, Gars am Kamp. In the same year, upon the occasion of the celebration of the sister city Gars am Inn in Germany he created the twin city painting.
In 2014, Gräff, as chairman of the worldwide Union "Familienverband Gräff-Graeff e. V." (Family Union Graeff), organized the reunion meeting on the occasion of the "530 years Graeff" at the Schloss Kornberg Castle in Styria.
In 2014, he received from the mayor's bureau of Gars am Kamp a contract to create three paintings for the vine etiquettes "Garser Wein 2014". A local businessman boycott the publishing of the etiquettes and this led to a media scandal in Austria as well as in Germany The reason of the boycott was the illustration of a half naked woman. The public disliked the idea of censuring the Arts.

Austrian-Greek connection

Gräff's paternal family has some global relationships, including Greece. He and his Greek-born girlfriend, Georgia Kazantzidu, are involved in the Austrian-Greek cultural exchange of Vienna (Greek Orthodox Metroplis of Austria and Exarchate of Hungary and Middle Europe, Embassy of Greece, Interkultureller Verein Makedonien and exhibitions).
In 2015 he organized an exhibition for the Austrian-Greek community (Liebreizendes Griechenland) in the "Embassy districy of Vienna". That same year, Gräff and Kazantzidu, together with the Greek Ambassadress of Vienna, Mrs Chryssoula Aliferi, and other members of the Greek-Austrian community, welcomed Greek Eurovision Song Contest singer Maria Elena Kyriakou at the Greek Embassy in Vienna.

Further years

In 2016, Gräff again received from the mayor's bureau of Gars am Kamp a contract to create three paintings for the vine etiquettes "Garser Wein 2016" (10 years Garser Wein).

Gräff's artwork from an art historian point of view

Dr. Elisabeth Voggeneder, Austrian curator and art historian wrote about the artist:
  • In Matthias Laurenz Gräff's paintings one finds the expression of Baroque elements. With the early age of 29 he has a huge extensive and varied Oeuvre. In observing his works one thinks of his paragons as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Claude Monet. In his still life paintings one can realize that he even rises above Cezanne in his target and design vocabulary. Gräff interprets this traditional theme in an new way and carries it in a new era.
The exhibition leader (Steirerschlössl Zeltweg) and art curator of the Red Bull "project spielberg" Misses Sabrina Redhead stated about the artist:
  • In Gräff's artworks you can obviously realize the influence of the Austrian art history especially the classical modern Art. His style is distinctive and significant. He achieves combination of traditional and modern in such a way that has not been seen before. He very often uses "pure" colours; this reminds us of Henri Matisse. He tends to be enormously dynamic, he generates moods and every view of his works allows new points of view and experiences. Although the variety of his perspective underlies Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, his works are unique and peerless.

Selected works

 

  • William, Giuseppe, Desdemona (2011/2016); wine etiquettes Garser Wein 2016 of the community Gars am Kamp
  • Achilleion auf Korfu (2014); part of a huge serie about Greece, in the collection of the Embassy of Greece in Vienna
  • Garser Wein - Freischütz, Eros, Pathos, Agape (2014); the three censored paintings of the vine etiquettes
  • Schloss Kornberg (2013), collection of the Austrian Counts of Bardeau at their castle Kornberg
  • Partnerschaftsgemälde (2013); twin city painting Gars am Kamp and Gars am Inn
  • Kinderburg Rappottenstein (2012); wine etiquette of the Red Cross of Lower Austria
  • Großes Stillleben mit Elephant und Muschel (2008); won the Adolf Peschek public award at the Museum of the City of St. Pölten
  • Weltinnenschau-Weltaussenschau (2007/2008); seven paintings for the diplom at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna
  • Coat of arms Baron Eberl (2006), collection of the Austrian Barons Eberl
  • Allegorie der Malerei (2005); Advent at the City Hall of Vienna; this painting has been showing at the Austrian broadcaster ORF
  • Porträt von Isolde und Ernst Hiesmayr (2004), drawings of the Austrian architect and his wife.
"Garser Wein, Agape", Öl auf Leinwand, 120x80 cm aus der Gemäldeserie "Garser Wein 2014 - Der Freischütz - Eros, Pathos, Agape"
© Reinhard Podolsky, mediadesign.at - http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
 Ölgemälde (150 mal 160 cm) aus der Diplomarbeit "Weltaußenschau-Weltinnenschau", 2008, http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

"Bildnis Rudolf Gräff" aus dem Sommer 2003. Es misst 135 cm in der Höhe und 100 cm in der Breite. http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work
Matthias Laurenz Gräff. "Opulent Floral".
Gräff Matthias - Own work
Bleistiftzeichnung, 100x70 cm http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work
Matthias Laurenz Gräff "Gitarrenstillleben" 

Der Besuch aus der Serie "Das Ansinnen", Öl auf Leinen, 60x60 cm, 2014 - http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work 

Oelgemaelde, 80x60 cm, http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

 Die Berge der Griechen aus der Serie "Das Ansinnen", Öl auf Leinen, 60x60 cm, 2014 - http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

80x60 cm, http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

Die Erwartung aus der Serie "Das Ansinnen", Öl auf Leinen, 50x50 cm, 2014 - http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work
60x50 cm http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

 Matthias Laurenz Gräff, "Das Lächeln (Georgia)"
 Öl auf Leinwand, 50x40 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Ölgemälde "Blumenstück mit Früchten" (2010)
Gräff Matthias - Own work Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. (Original text: http://matthiaslaurenzgraeff.jimdo.com/)

 "Garser Wein, Eros", Öl auf Leinwand, 120x80 cm aus der Gemäldeserie "Garser Wein 2014 - Der Freischütz - Eros, Pathos, Agape"
© Reinhard Podolsky, mediadesign.at - http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
 Öl auf Leinwand, 60x80 cm, 2015http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work

 Mittelteil aus der Serie für den Garser Wein 2014. "Garser Wein 2014 - Der Freischütz - Eros, Pathos, Agape". Gemälde Öl auf Jute, 120 x 150 cm
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Öl auf Leinwand, 60x60 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work

 "Georgia, griechische Schönheit", 130 x 140 cm, Öl auf Jute, 2011
Donald1972 - Own work
Blühende Sonnenblumen auf Stuhl, Öl auf Leinen, Format unbekannt (etwa 100 x 80 cm). http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work

Matthias Laurenz Gräff, "Orea"
Öl auf Leinwand, 50x50 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work 
Sonnenblumen in weißblauer Vase, öl auf Leinwand, 100x80 cm. http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work




 "Vor dem Spiel", Öl auf Leinen, 160x100 cm, 2011/12 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 
Sunflowers in the fall
Matthias Laurenz Gräff - Own work, Gräff Matthias http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/

 Triptychon "Der österreichische Altar. Fāṭima und Strache als Gefahr unseres Gleichgewichtes", Öl auf Leinwand, 120x80 / 80x100 cm / 120x80 cm cm, 2015/16
Donald1972 - Own work
 Öl auf Leinwand, 70x70 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work

 Matthias Laurenz Gräff. "Sommerouvertüre (Frühlingsbote mit Narzissen, Gerbera und Lilien)", Öl auf Leinwand, 70x90 cm, 2015
Donald1972 - Own work
 Ölgemälde "Jerusalem Triptychon", Öl auf Leinwand, 120x80 / 120x80 cm / 120x80 cm, 2016 
Donald1972 - Own work


 Öl auf Leinen, 40 x 50 cm
 Gräff Matthias - Own work

 Triptychon "Der griechische Altar. Merkel und Schäuble als falsche Caritas", Öl auf Leinwand, 120x80 / 80x100 cm / 120x80 cm cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Donald1972 - Own work
Öl auf Leinwand, 60x80 cm, 2016
Donald1972 - Own work

 
 Aus der Serie "Griechenland als Aufgabe" "Achilleion auf Korfu", 40x50 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work

Triptychon Weltenallegorie, 180x120 Öl auf Jute 2009
Matthias Laurenz Gräff, "Windmühle auf Santorin", Öl auf Leinen, 50x50 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com


 Öl auf Leinwand, 30x80cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
 Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Öl auf Leinwand, 40x50cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Öl auf Leinen, 60 x 80 cm
 Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Öl auf Leinwand, 40x50 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work
Öl auf Leinwand, 40x50 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 "Allerheiligenkirche in Akrotin (Santorin)", 70x70 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/kunstwerke/malerei
 Gräff Matthias - Own work
 "Berg Athos, Kloster Dionysiou", 70x90 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Berg Athos, Kloster Zografou", Öl auf Leinen, 80x60 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
 Öl auf Leinwand, 40x50 cm, 2015 
Donald1972 - Own work
 "Kirche Panagia Episkopi auf Santorin", 40 x 50 cm, 2014 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work
 Öl auf Leinwand, 30x40 cm, 2015 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/ 
Gräff Matthias - Own work
Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Ölgemälde "Stillleben mit Schaukelpferd, Barett und Lampion" (2009)
Gräff Matthias - Own work Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons. (Original text: http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/)

"Florales Interieur mit Karnevalsmaske und blauer Geige auf rosa Sofa", Öl auf Leinwand, 50x150 cm, 2016, Das Gemälde ist unter dem Namen "Desdemona" auf der Sektflasche Teil der Serie Garser Wein 2016 anlässlich 10 Jahre Garser Wein / Weinfest '16 (http://www.gars.at/aktuelles/ein-geburtstagsfest-fuer-den-garser-wein).
Donald1972 - Own work
 "Großes Stillleben mit Violoncello, Gramophon und Schaukelpferd", 115x125 cm, 2011. Das Gemälde ist unter dem Namen "William" auf der Weißweinflasche Teil der Serie Garser Wein 2016 anlässlich 10 Jahre Garser Wein / Weinfest '16 (http://www.gars.at/aktuelles/ein-geburtstagsfest-fuer-den-garser-wein).Donald1972 - Own work http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/

 Stillleben mit Tonelephant, Harlekin und Früchten, 90x130 cm, 2009 http://www.matthiaslaurenzgraeff.com/
Donald1972 - Own work
 Matthias Laurenz Gräff,"Stillleben mit Harlekin, Vase, Orchideen und Lektüre"
 2015
 Matthias Laurenz Gräff. "Großes Früchtestillleben mit Elephant und Lampion", 130x90 cm (2008)

Matthias Laurenz Gräff mit Managerin und Freundin Georgia

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