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Arik Brauer - Buy or sell works

4 January 1929, Vienna (Austria) - 24. January 2021, Vienna (Austria)

Arik Brauer is an Austrian painter, printmaker, singer, poet and book author. He belongs to the first generation of artists of The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. He lives and works in Vienna and Israel.

Born in 1929 in Vienna, Brauer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts from the end of the Second World war until 1951 under Robin Christian Andersen, Albert Paris Gütersloh, Josef Dobrowsky and Herbert Boeckl. Shortly after beginning his studies, he joined the Art-Club, which had been founded in 1947 by a group of Viennese artists and focused on painting and abstraction. With the founding of The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism in cooperation with Ernst Fuchs, Rudolf Hausner, Wolfgang Huttner and Anton Lehmden, he turned to another form of composition. He used surreal figures and objects, pictured in the finest of detail, set into mystical dream worlds that are stylistically reminiscent of mediaeval and oriental miniature paintings.

From 1957 until 1964, the artist lived together with his wife in Paris, where he had his first successful single-artist exhibition. Over the course of his artistic career, Brauer presented his works in numerous international exhibitions. He also designed stage paintings for opera houses in Vienna and Zürich.

In 1994, the Arik Brauer Haus in Vienna’s 6th district, was opened by the lord mayor, Helmut Zilk. Alongside many other accolades, Brauer was awarded the Golden Decoration of Honour for services to the state of Vienna in 2011. In 1986, he was appointed to the Academy of Fine Arts, where he worked until 1997 as a resident professor.

Works by Arik Brauer regularly appear in Dorotheum auctions. On 23 November 2016, his painting Die Last der Klugheit was sold for €62,500.