Matthias Laurenz Gräff

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Matthias Laurenz Gräff
Matthias Laurenz Gräff, "Jerusalem Triptychon".jpg
"Jerusalem Triptychon", 2016
Born (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 34)
Known forpainting, drawing
Notable work
Garser Wein - Freischütz, Eros, Pathos, Agape (2014)
MovementExpressionism, Expressive Realism, Modern art, Pop art
AwardsAdolf Peschek public Award (2014)
WebsiteOfficial website

Matthias Laurenz Gräff (born Matthias-Laurenz Gräff; 19 July 1984) is an Austrian academic painter[1][2] from Gars am Kamp.[3]

Early life[edit]

Gräff's father, Helmuth Gräff[4] is an academic painter, his mother, Martina Maria (daughter of Richard Gach), works as an art professor at Vienna's Sacre Coeur.

At the age of 17 he began to study illustration and graphic at the private New Design University St. Pölten,[5] and at the summer academy of Geras by Prof. Bernhard Hollemann (2001–04)[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] Gräff was a member of the Austrian Red Cross since 2008 and an officer between 2011 and 2015.[9]

In 2012 Gräff created the painting for the vine etiquette of the Red Cross in Lower Austria.[10] The following year, 2013, he organized a concert by the Mojo Blues Band in his own hometown, Gars am Kamp.[11] In the same year, upon the occasion of the celebration of the sister city Gars am Inn in Germany he created the officiel twin city painting.[12][13]

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".[14][15] A local businessman boycott the publishing of the etiquettes about the illustration of a half naked woman, and this led to a media scandal in Austria[16][17][18] as well as in Germany[19][20]

Artist meeting with the musician Don Airey, member of Deep Purple (2017)
20th anniversary of Interkultureller Verein Makedonien, Vienna. Shown: The General Consul of Greece Mr Daskalakis, Vereins-President Mr Charilaos Zikos, His Eminence Metropolit Arsenios, Ms Kazantzidu, and Mr Gräff (2013).
Gräff, Princess Anita von Hohenberg (great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria), and Georgia Kazantzidu at the commemoration at Schloss Artstetten of the centenary of the assassinations of the Archduke and his wife, Sophie in Sarajevo (2014).

Austrian-Greek connection[edit]

Gräff and his Greek-born girlfriend, Georgia Kazantzidu, are involved in the Austrian-Greek cultural exchange of Vienna.[21][22] In 2015 he organized an exhibition for the Austrian-Greek community in the "Embassy districy of Vienna".[23][24][25]

Further years[edit]

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).[26][27]

Since 2017 Gräffs time policy paintings for example "Devils Child (Allegorie auf Erdoğan und dem gleichnamigen Song von Judas Priest)", "Der griechische Altar. Merkel und Schäuble als falsche Caritas", "Unfromme Wünsche" and "Liebende Eltern" are used by international political magazines such as the US-American The Armenian Weekly,[28] the European eurojournalist.eu,[29] the Israel-German haolam.de,[30] the German Die Achse des Guten (Ramin Peymani)[31] (Peter Grimm)[32] and other columnists,[33][34][35][36][37][38] the Austrian hephaestuswien.com (Heinz Gstrein),[39] the Swiss Untergrund blättle[40] and the German Demokratisch - Links. Kritische Internet-Zeitung.[41][42][43][44][45][46]

In 2018 Gräff gave an interview and a presentation about his work and life to Irene Gavala at the Greek radio station Poets radio.[47]

Activities and merits[edit]

Selected works[edit]

Triptych "Der griechische Altar. Merkel und Schäuble als falsche Caritas" shows the German role during the Greek government-debt crisis
  • Trump. The Killing Machine (2017); political painting about Donald Trump
  • Allegorie auf Alexander van der Bellen und Norbert Hofer bei der Bundespräsidentenwahl (2016); political painting about the Austrian presidential election, 2016
  • Devils Child (2016); political painting about the role of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Der österreichische Altar. Fāṭima und Strache als Nagelprobe unseres Gleichgewichtes (2015/16); political painting about Heinz-Christian Strache and the muslims, the social mood and the political society in Austria
  • Der griechische Altar. Merkel und Schäuble als falsche Caritas (2015); political painting about the German role during the Greek government-debt crisis
  • 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[48][49] and his wife.
Garser Wein, Eros
Garser Wein, Pathos
Garser Wein, Agape

Gräff's artwork from an art historian point of view[edit]

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 a new way and carries it in a new era.[50]

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.[51]

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]

  • "Benefizausstellung zugunsten Polyneuropathie", WUK, Vienna/AT [52]
  • "Garser Wein 2016", 10 years Garser wine at "Weinfest '16", Gars am Kamp[53]
  • "Der Anreiz des Seins, Allegorie - Stillleben - Landschaft", Kunst im Waldviertel, Kunst & Seminarhotel Geras/AT[54]
  • "Liebreizendes Griechenland", KunstSalon im Wiener Botschaftsviertel, Vienna/AT[23][55]
  • "Matthias Laurenz Gräff und Helmuth Gräff", Galerie Daliko, Krems an der Donau/AT[56][57]
  • Steirerschlössl Zeltweg, Red Bull Project Spielberg/AT[58][59][60]
  • Cityhall Korneuburg/AT
  • Erstes österreichisches Museum für Alltagsgeschichte, Neupölla/AT[61]
  • Red Cross Lower Austria, Tulln an der Donau/AT
  • Gaming Charterhouse/AT[62]
  • Siemens AG Headquarter, Linz/AT[63]
  • St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, Museum of the City of St. Pölten/AT
  • Galerie Austria/AT[64]
  • Advent im Wiener Rathaus 2008 and ORF (Austrian broadcaster), Vienna/AT
  • Diplom exhibition 2008, University of Applied Arts, Vienna/AT
  • Kunsthalle Wien-Karlsplatz project space, Vienna/AT[62]

Collections (selection)[edit]

Celebration of the twin city Gars am Kamp and Gars am Inn. Matthias Laurenz Gräff (center) with the mayors of both towns in front of the pfficiel twin city painting (2013)
At the residence of the Greek Ambassadress in Vienna, Her Excellence Mrs Chryssoula Aliferi (left), shown with Mr Gräff and Ms Kazantzidu (2014)
Artist meeting with Nick Simper (Founding member of Deep Purple), shown with Mr Gräff and Ms Kazantzidu (2015)

Awards[edit]

  • 2010, "Adolf Peschek public award", 64th annual exhibition of the St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, Museum of the City of St. Pölten/AT
  • 2008, "Diplom mit gutem Erfolg", University of Applied Arts, Vienna/AT
Adolf Peschek Award. The artist with Thomas Pulle (director of the Museum of the City of St. Pölten) (left) and Ernest Kienzl (chairman of the Art Union of St. Pölten (2010)
Family Reunion "530 years Graeff" at Kornberg castle, Styria (2014)

Events[edit]

  • 2014, Worldwide Family Reunion "530 Jahre Graeff" at castle Kornberg[66]
  • 2013, Concert of the Mojo Blues Band in Gars am Kamp

Literature (selection)[edit]

  • Mag. Sabrina Redhead, Ausstellungskatalog Kunst im Murtal" 2014, "Kunst - Tradition und Aufbruch" 2014, Ausstellung im Steirerschlössl Zeltweg, Red Bull Projekt Spielberg; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  • Univ-Doz Dr. Friedrich Polleross: Gemälde von Matthias Laurenz Gräff im Museum in Neupölla. In: Das Waldviertel, herausgegeben vom Waldviertler Heimatbund, p. 211/213; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)[67]
  • Helmuth Gräff, "Zwischen den Welten", Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz, pp. 134–35, 2008; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  • Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Diplome Sommersemester 2007/08; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  • "Parasite | Paradise", Interventionen zeitgenössischer Kunst auf Burg Forchtenstein, pp. 78–79; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  • Vernissage. das Magazin für aktuelles Ausstellungsgeschehen (in German)
  • Vision magacine of China VISION Magacine, March 2006, "Metempsychosis of Art", p. 108/111; (Chinese)
  • Matthias Laurenz Gräff. Allegorie-Stillleben-Landschaft; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  • STERZ, Zeitschrift für Literatur, Kunst und Kulturpolitik (in German)
  • Ausstellungskatalog Meisterklasse Herzig, "Die Figur als Aufgabe", Stadtgalerie Vienna; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)

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