Born in western Styria, Karl Stark studied sculpture under W. Gösser at
the Grazer arts school, and painting with Rudolf Szyszkowitz. In 1947 he
settled in Vienna and studied painting with Herbert Boeckl at the
Academy of Fine Arts.
His work was inspired by the early Austrian
Expressionism and artists like Richard Gerstl and Jean Egger. In 1951 he
moved to Carinthia, and the local landscapes would become the main
motives of the artist. At the same time, he held a teaching position at
the Linz School of Applied Arts.
In 1958, Stark returned to Vienna. In
1980 he founded the Galerie Austria at St. Stephen's Square. Since the
mid-1990s, it has been run by Stark’
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