Gottfried Helnwein (born October 8, 1948 in Vienna) is Austrian-Irish and has
worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation
and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media. Helnwein
is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical
issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered
provocative and controversial.
Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (Akademie der
Bildenden Künste, Wien). He was awarded the Master-class art prize (Meisterschulpreis)
of the University of Visual Art, Vienna; the Kardinal-König prize and
the Theodor-Körner prize.
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