Alfred Hrdlicka

Alfred HRDLICKA was born in Vienna in 1928. At the beginning of his career he served an apprenticeship as a dental technician. From 1946 to 1953 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna at Albert Paris Gütersloh and Josef Dobrowsky. This was followed by another sculpture study at Fritz Wotruba from 1953 to 1957. In 1963 he was in charge of leading the International Summer Academy at Salzburg. In the following years he conducted a good deal of lectures in Hamburg, Vienna, Stuttgart and Berlin. The artist died in 2009. Alfred Hrdlickas art is marked by his politically motivated works. With his expressive works he challenged the balance of power in the world. Throughout his artistic career his main theme was the exploitation of power by politics: war, violence, fascism. He perceived himself and his art as a representation of the oppressed, the politically and socially persecuted. He strived for objectivity.