Ernst-Ferdinand Wondrusch
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In the middle of the 90's, the rising star of the art scene in the late 60's – as he was called by Prof. Otto Staininger, Director of the "Künstlerhaus" (House of Artists) in Vienna – was again leaning heavily on tubes of color paint, as usual oils. Back then he had begun with a very cool style of painting, which leaned strongly toward perfection, preferably using earthy colors in nuances of brown. Now his renderings are incomparably looser, full of gestures, and more expressive. For example, "Picture for Uzzi" (1996-7), or the tightly turbulent "In from the Storm" (1996-98).

There were several pauses between Ernst Ferdinand's artistic periods. One was soon after his brilliant start as a painter, which I can still remember well. It was almost without parallel in the Viennese art scene thirty years ago. The twenty year-old Wondrusch's 1969 debut in the gallery "Junge Generation" (Young Generation) in Vienna's Blutgasse (where we then had our ceramic atelier) was a real sensation.
A twenty year-old moralist masterly presents his negative utopias to us. "Today, twenty years later, we have already left these utopias behind us!" exclaims Wondrusch.

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