Matthias Laurenz Gräff

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Matthias Laurenz Gräff
Matthias Laurenz Gräff.jpg
Matthias Laurenz Gräff in 2016
Born (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 38)
Known forpainting, drawing
Notable work
political paintings[1]
MovementExpressionism, Expressive Realism, Modern art, Pop art
AwardsAdolf Peschek public Award (City museum of St. Pölten, 2014)
WebsiteOfficial website
"Matthias Laurenz Gräff in holländischer Tracht"[2] (Matthias Laurenz Gräff in traditional dutch costume), chairman of the Graeff family association as sort of an officiel painting by Helmuth Gräff (2007)
Matthias Laurenz Gräff and Karl von Habsburg - head of the Habsburg-Lorraine family, the former Roman-German and Austrian imperial families - in front of Graeff's coat of arms[3] (2022)

Matthias Laurenz Gräff (also known as Matthias Laurenz Gräff Ilpenstein;[4][5][6] born 19 July 1984) is an Austrian painter.[7] He is also a historian,[8] politician[9] and political activist. Gräff is also chairman of the worldwide family association Familienverband Gräff-Graeff e.V. and organizer of the poltical Dialog im Kamptal.

Early life and education[change | change source]

Matthias laurenz Gräff is the son of the artist Helmuth Gräff and the art professor Martina Maria Elisabeth Gräff, daughter of the architect Richard Gach. His paternal ancestors were politically active and religious free thinkers.[10] He studied art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He get his master degree in 2008.[11] He lives in Gars am Kamp.

Works[change | change source]

Gräff paints still lifes, pieces of flowers, interiors, landscapes, architecture, allegories, nudes, compositions. His political paintings are published by national and international books, magazines and blogs.[12]

In 2010 he received the "Adolf Peschek Preis" (Adolf Peschek Public Award) in the Museum of the City of St. Pölten.[13] In 2012 Gräff created the painting for the vine etiquette of the Red Cross in Lower Austria.[14] In 2013 he and his girlfriend Georgia Kazantzidu organized a concert of the Mojo Blues Band in Gars am Kamp.[15] The same year Gräff created the officiel twin city painting for Gars am Inn (Germany).[16][17] The same year Matthias Laurenz Gräff became a co-founder and chairman of the worldwide family association "Familienverband Gräff-Graeff e.V.".[8]

In 2014, he received a contract to create three paintings for the vine etiquettes "Garser Wein 2014".[18][19] A local businessman boycott the publishing of the etiquettes about the illustration of Georgia Kazantzidu as a half naked woman. This led to a little media scandal in Austria.[20][21][22]

In 2015 and 2017, Gräff organized artist meetings with Nick Simper[23] and Don Airey,[24][25] musiciens of Deep Purple in Vienna. In the same year together with Roger Glover he take part at "50 Years Deep Purple. Art and History" at Cologne.[26]

In 2017 he organized a non-profit campaign for people with polyneuropathy (generic term for various diseases of the peripheral nervous system) at WUK Vienna.[27]

Gräff's various painting themes are also used internationally, for example by Asle Toje, a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.[28]

Politics[change | change source]

Art and politics[change | change source]

Matthias Laurenz Gräff has been working on contemporary images of political and social criticism since 2015, which have been published several times in newspapers, blogs and books on national and international politics. Important topics are anti-fascism, socialism, anti-nationalist, pro-European,[29] liberalism and tradition. Gräff deals with national and global issues and personalities. He also deals with socio-political issues and critical processes in Austrian society and politics.[30]

In relation of the 2019 European Parliament election, Gräff created a pro-European painting in collaboration with the Austrian party NEOS.[31]

The Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum (University of Osnabrück) wrote about Gräff: He consistently represents humanistic, anti-nationalist and pro-European positions both in his art and in various exchange and discussion programs organized by him.[29]

Dialog im Kamptal[change | change source]

Matthias Laurenz Gräff organizes the non-partisan political and diplomatic platform Dialog im Kamptal (Dialogue in Kamptal) with Georgia Kazantzidu in his art studio in Gars am Kamp.[32][33]

Politician[change | change source]

Matthias Laurenz Gräff has been politically active as a community representative in Gars am Kamp for the liberal NEOS party since 2022.[34] He is also a candidate for the Lower Austrian state elections in 2023.[35]

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. www.meinbezirk.at, Matthias Laurenz Gräff als politischer Künstler (in German)
  2. Magazin "Schaufenster" der Kultur.Region Niederösterreich, Ausgabe I, 2022: "Eine Familien-Ausstellung" p 12-15; p 14 (in German)
  3. Magazin "Schaufenster" der Kultur.Region Niederösterreich, Ausgabe I, 2022: "Eine Familien-Ausstellung" p 12-15; p 14 (in German)
  4. Basis Wien, Angewandte (ger)
  5. Deutsche Fotothek (ger)
  6. www.falter.at (ger)
  7. The land of Lower Austria - Das Land Niederösterreich. Pressedienst. Niederösterreichische Landeskorrespondenz. Ausstellungen, Museen, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Archived 2014-12-30 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Familienverband Gräff-Graeff e. V." Familienverband Gräff - Graeff, Historie-Gegenwart-Zukunft e. V. Archived from the original on 2019-06-17. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  9. NEOS, Niederösterreich, Gars am Kamp (ger)
  10. Magazin "Schaufenster" der Kultur.Region Niederösterreich, Ausgabe I, 2022: "Eine Familien-Ausstellung" p 12-15; p 14 (in German)
  11. Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Bildarchiv zu Studienschlussarbeiten Archived 2019-01-21 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  12. "Homepage". Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Politik - political paintings & activism. Archived from the original on 2019-01-15. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  13. St Pöltner Künstlerbund Archived 2014-12-29 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  14. Newspaper article: NÖN, Etikette hilft Kinderburg Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  15. Concert review Archived 2019-01-20 at the Wayback Machine (in German)
  16. "Wilde Ehe" nach 50 Jahren legalisiert (Bayern, Deutschland) (in German) Archived 2013-08-16 at Archive.today; accessed 7 August 2015.
  17. Newspaper article: NÖN, Es lebe unsere Freundschaft! Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  18. Newspaper article: NÖN, "Garser" muss weg!; Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  19. Newspaper article: NÖN, Allen Menschen recht getan ... Column of Rupert Kornell Archived 2015-01-01 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  20. Newspaper article: NÖN, "Streit um nackte Muse auf Weinetikett" Archived 2014-05-07 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  21. "Weinetiketten zu sexy". Newspaper: Bezirksblätter (in German). Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved 2014-12-29.
  22. Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Press 2014-2018, "Kunstzensur des Garser Weines 2014" Archived 2019-01-21 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 7 August 2015. (in German)
  23. Artist meeting with Nick Simper (ger)
  24. Artist meeting with Don Airey (ger)
  25. www.meinbezirk.at, Künstlertreffen mit Deep Purple (ger)
  26. "Exhibition 50 years of Deep Purple, Art and History", Matthias Laurenz Gräff
  27. Articoli di stampa, NÖN. Gräff unterstützt Selbsthilfe: Ausstellung im WUK (in German)
  28. www.globalaffairs.ru Asle Toje: ГОРА АФОН: УТЁС В ПОТОКЕ ВРЕМЕНИ (2019)
  29. 29.0 29.1 Universität Osnabrück, Erich Maria Remarque-Friedenszentrum (niem., ang.)
  30. Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Politician - Political Painting & Activism (en)
  31. Austrian newspaper article: NÖN, Gräff-Atelier empfängt zu „Europa-Dialog“ im Kamptal
  32. Dialog im Kamptal (ger)
  33. Donau Universität Krems (ger)
  34. NEOS, Niederösterreich, Gars am Kamp (in German)
  35. Newspaper article NÖN. "Mitgliederversammlung. Indra Collini führt NEOS wieder als Spitzenkandidatin in Landtagswahl" (in German)

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