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Friederike A. Kozelsky-Schara  
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    • Born 1958 in Carinthia in the South-Austrian uplands
    • Self-taught artist
    • Abstract paintings in acrylic, collages
    • Visits of various summer art-academies in Austria
    • I am engaged in social projects
    • Live and work in Vienna and Baden near Vienna


After I had fled the narrow alpine world when I was very young, a 2- year stay in London opened my eyes to the visual arts and their complexity, but also made me aware of social divergences.

It took me many more years before I accepted the challenge to actively deal with art. As a self-taught artist, I am interested in free-style painting and the development of colors, in the course of which the initial situation eventually fades into the background. How real is reality in this respect? This has always been and will be one of my fundamental questions. A second reality emerges from the artist’s subjective eye, as harmonious as it can never be in the real world.

Additionally, my paintings and colors also draw from the richness of nature and urban life’s diversity.

It had never been my intention to present my art to the broad public, as I didn’t want to increase my ecological footprint. However, I have recently been more and more confronted with questions like “Why” or “For what” and that’s why I have the courage to go further. “Less is more” or “Quality before quantity” are aspects that accompany my painting process. And so I hope that my artworks will find their adequate artistic significance. But, above all, my paintings and the feelings and thoughts incorporated in them are to cause appetite for more art and awaken a passion for collecting in each of us. In my view, art is the only medium that tackles the universe’s problems peacefully and, despite confronting reality, does not question Creation’s uniqueness.

Listing exhibitions is not relevant for me – I have only a short biography to offer on the one hand, and my paintings are meant to please or move the onlooker on the other hand.

“NOT WHAT WE SEE BUT HOW WE LOOK AT IT IS THE ESSENTIAL IN ART” Paul Cézanne