Felice Rix-Ueno

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Zigzag Braid by Felice Rix-Uno, 1922. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Felice "Lizzie" Rix-Ueno (1893-1967) was an Austrian textile, wallpaper, and craft designer. She lived in Japan, and became an influential figure in the Japanese modern art scene.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Felice Rix was born in Vienna.[1] She studied at University of Applied Arts Vienna and Joseph Hoffmann was her teacher.[1][2]


She worked at Wiener Werkstatte. There, she designed wallpaper and textiles. She married Japanese architect Isaburo Ueno in 1925, who worked at Hoffmann's architecture firm.[1][2] They moved to Japan. She would teach at the Kyoto School of Arts after World War II.[1]


Her work is in held in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.[2][3][4][5][6] The National Museum of Modern Art describes her work as "demonstrating the fusion of sensibilities of Vienna and Kyoto."[2]