Part of the new wave of Abstract painting, Erwin Bohatsch (b. 1951, Mürzzuschlag, Styria, Austria) studied under Otto Brünner at the Graz School for the Decorative and Applied Arts between 1966 and 1970, and under Walter Eckert at the Vienna Art Academy beginning in 1971. Inspired by Italian Post-Modernism, Bohatsch’s early work is both graphic and linear. His simplified compositions from the early 1980s quickly earned him a significant following, in addition to numerous awards including the Otto Mauer Prize (1983) and a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) (1984-85) grant. As the decade progressed, so too did Bohatsch’s style, shifting to a more organic and natural color palette. The artist has shown his works at the Martin Gropius Building in Berlin, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
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