Gottfried Helnwein Austria, b. 1948


Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Gottfried Helnwein is a contemporary Austrian-Irish visual artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Vienna.

Helnwein is known for his hyperrealistic pictorial work that addresses disturbing and controversial issues. His main subjects are wounded children, whom he sees as targets of pain and violence. Through his work, the artist criticizes the current political situation, and denounce the crimes perpetrated by Nazis during the Holocaust. Helnwein uses a variety of techniques such as oil painting, acrylic and mixed media; as well as photography, installations and performance.


Among his various solo shows abroad, the most notable are: Modern Art Museum, San Francisco, Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Wilhelm Busch Museum, Hanover; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, and The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco. His first European exhibition was in The Albertina Museum, Vienna. In Mexico, he participated in an exhibition in the Museo Nacional de San Carlos.


For more infomation visit the artist website.