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 Alfred Hrdlicka  (1928 - 2009)

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Lived/Active: Austria      Known for: drawings, sculpture

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Born in Vienna Feb. 27, 1928, Hrdlicka first was apprenticed as a dental technician before starting studies at the Academy of Fine Arts under Josef Dobrowsky and Albert Paris Guetersloh.  Later he participated in Fritz Wotruba's sculpture class until 1957.

Just seven years later, after a series of exhibitions in Austria, he was chosen to represent Austria in the Biennale in Venice.  He taught at fine art academies in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin, before returning to the Austrian capital and a professorship at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna.

His oft-cited dictum, "all art comes from flesh" is reflected in his later works.  For Hrdlicka, art that avoided the human condition was nothing more than decoration and not to be taken seriously.

Hrdlicka was also sought after as a set designer on opera and theater stages across Europe.

Alfred Hrdlicka died on December 5, 2009.

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