Josef MIKL was born in Vien­na in 1929. From 1946 to 1948 he attend­ed the graph­ic teach­ing and research insti­tute in Vien­na. Then until 1955 he stud­ied paint­ing at the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na under Josef Dobrowsky. Mikl is con­sid­ered a lead­ing expo­nent of Aus­tri­an abstrac­tion. How­ev­er, Mikl rejects the des­ig­na­tion “irrel­e­vant”. He points out that the cre­ation of a pic­ture always requires con­tent, nature and fig­ure. As a mem­ber of the Vien­na Art Club, the most impor­tant meet­ing place for artists in the ear­ly 1950s, he found­ed the Galerie next St. Stephan togeth­er with Wolf­gang Hol­legha, Markus Prachen­sky and Arnulf Rain­er in 1956. In 1969 he was appoint­ed to the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts, where he took over a mas­ter class for paint­ing until his retire­ment in 1997. Josef Mikl dies on March 29, 2008 in Vien­na. 1981 – first exhi­bi­tion in the gallery Welz.

Josef MIKL was born in Vien­na in 1929. From 1946 to 1948 he attend­ed the graph­ic teach­ing and research insti­tute in Vien­na. Then until 1955 he stud­ied paint­ing at the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts in Vien­na under Josef Dobrowsky. Mikl is con­sid­ered a lead­ing expo­nent of Aus­tri­an abstrac­tion. How­ev­er, Mikl rejects the des­ig­na­tion “irrel­e­vant”. He points out that the cre­ation of a pic­ture always requires con­tent, nature and fig­ure. As a mem­ber of the Vien­na Art Club, the most impor­tant meet­ing place for artists in the ear­ly 1950s, he found­ed the Galerie next St. Stephan togeth­er with Wolf­gang Hol­legha, Markus Prachen­sky and Arnulf Rain­er in 1956. In 1969 he was appoint­ed to the Acad­e­my of Fine Arts, where he took over a mas­ter class for paint­ing until his retire­ment in 1997. Josef Mikl dies on March 29, 2008 in Vien­na. 1981 – first exhi­bi­tion in the gallery Welz.


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