Hans Staudacher was born in St. Urban at the Ossiacher See in Austria on January 14, 1923. Having grown up in modest circumstances, Staudacher began to teach himself drawing, painting landscape watercolors and portraits at a very early age. In 1950 Staudacher moved to Vienna, where he studied the works of Alfred Kubin, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. The artist joined the "Wiener Sezession" and participated in their exhibitions.
In Vienna, his early grey and black small-format works were soon replaced by larger colored paintings, with the discernable individual sign language of Art informel. His first Tachist resin pictures appeared in 1951. During one of his frequent sojourns in Paris between 1954 and 1962, Staudacher intensively studied the work of George Mathieu and "Lettrism", a combination of image and letters. These influences and observations had a formative impact on all of Staudacher's art henceforth.
In 1956 the artist represented Austria at the 28th Venice Biennale with eight pictures. In the early 1960s he consistently developed an abstract style of painting, with spontanous gestures as its central theme. In 1976 Hans Staudacher was appointed professor. Since the post-war era, Staudacher has been regarded as an important Austrian representative of gestural painting.
Staudacher's oeuvre combines lyric Art informel with abstract Expressionism to form a unique and very personal style, which is unparalleled in Austria.
Staudacher received numerous honors such as the main prize at the Tokyo Biennale in 1965, the "Kulturpreis" of the Austrian region of Carinthia in 1989 and the "Goldenes Ehrenzeichen" of the city of Vienna in 2004. Staudacher's works were shown at numerous exhibitions in Austria and abroad, including the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1975, and the Bozen "Museum für Moderne Kunst" in 1994. Today, Hans Staudacher's work can be found at the "Graphische Sammlung Albertina", at the "Museum of Art" in Cincinnati and in numerous public and private exhibitions around the world.
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