Eduard Angeli

1942 Vienna

Eduard Angeli was born in Vienna in 1942. From 1960 to 1965 he studied painting and art education with Robin Christian Andersen at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 1965 he moved to Istanbul, where he initially focused on historical painting on Turkish history, which he executed in synthetic resin, tempera, charcoal, graphite, watercolour and mixed media.

In 1971 Eduard Angeli returned from Istanbul to Vienna with his wife and children. In the following years, he mainly worked with charcoal on paper and acrylic on canvas and mainly dealt with the "calming in the picture". He began to empty his works more and more, banished the human figure from his paintings and only filled them with the poetic relics of mankind: buildings and landscapes.

From 1980 onwards, he dealt primarily with nature experiences, pictures of gardens and water were created. In the 1990s and 2000s, Angeli's striking night pictures were created, characterized by the exciting contrast between limited light sources and overpowering darkness. During this period, he also worked on a series of "stage sets".

In the 2000s Angeli moved to Venice. He has lived in a house near Venice since 2001, which is why motifs from the lagoon city are incorporated in his work. Until 2005, Angeli lived and worked alternately in Venice and Vienna. In 2005 he ultimately moved to Venice.

A certain reciprocating movement can been observed in Angeli's oeuvre since the 1970s, a tendency to clear out his pictures and fill them up afterwards. Since then, all of his depictions are based on an exemplary reduced painting that shows a quiet world without people, in which one can fully enjoy the emptiness and the moment of reflection.

Eduard Angeli has been awarded various prizes: the Theodor Körner Prize in 1970, the City of Vienna Prize in 1982 and the Golden Medal of Honor in 2003.